Log-truck crash claims driver in Pike County

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HARDY, Ky. (WTVQ) – A 48-year-old long truck driver was killed Thursday afternoon when his truck overturned in Pike County.

According to the Kentucky State Police, James Hager, of Inez, died in the crash which happened at about 3 p.m. on KY Route 319 in the Hardy Community in Pike County.

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The initial investigation indicated Hager was driving a 1990 Kenworth tractor trailer loaded with logs on KY Route 319 when he lost control, causing the truck to overturn, the KSP said in a statement. Hager was pronounced dead on scene by the Pike County Coroner’s Office.

Debris from the truck hit a Chevrolet pickup parked in the driveway of a nearby residence. The owner of the pickup, 59-year-old Larry Stanley, of Hardy, was inside of the truck but did not sustain any injuries, according to troopers.

KY Route 319 was shut down for several hours while emergency crews cleaned debris from the roadway.

Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Officer Jordan Blankenship is investigating the collision and was assisted on scene by CVE East Region personnel, Belfry Volunteer Fire Department, Blackberry Volunteer Fire Department and Appalachian First Response Ambulance Service.