54-year-old woman dies in head-on Leslie County crash


HYDEN, Ky. (WTVQ) A 54-year-old woman died Thursday evening when the car she was driving crashed head-on into a van in the Hyden Community in Leslie County.

According to the Kentucky State Police, Tonya Sams, of Essie, eastbound on the Hyden Spur in a 2014 Chevrolet Cruze at about 6:45 p.m. Thursday when she crossed the center line and collided with a westbound 2016 Ford van driven by 35-year-old Gavin Lewis, of Hyden.

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Sams was pronounced dead at the scene by the Leslie County Coroner’s Office. Lewis was treated at a hospital for minor injuries, the KSP said.

Toxicology results are pending at this time. This incident remains under investigation by Trooper Adam Baker.