UPDATE: Driver killed in head-on crash was in wrong lane, sheriff says

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UPDATE POSTED 5 P.M. WEDNESDAY, FEB. 24, 2021

PULASKI COUNTY, Ky. (WTVQ) – The man killed in a grinding head-on crash in Pulaski County Tuesday night was driving in the wrong lane, according to investigators.

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According to Pulaski County Sheriff Greg Speck, the Sheriff’s Office continues to investigate the crash that occurred on Highway 80 East at approximately 7:48 p.m.

When deputies arrived, they learned  a 2009 Jeep was eastbound in the westbound lane when it struck a westbound 2016 Dodge Ram pickup head-on, Speck said.

The Jeep was driven by a Hispanic man who was pronounced dead at the scene by the Pulaski County Coroner. As of 5 p.m. Wednesday, his next of kin had not been notified, according to the sheriff.

The pickup driver has been identified as Steve Phelps, 56, of Somerset. A passenger in the pickup was identified as Patrick E. Whitt, 51, of Science Hill, Ky. Both were treated at the scene by Somerset/Pulaski County EMS and then flown by Air Methods and PHI to the University of Kentucky Medical Center, the sheriff said.

This case remains under investigation by the Pulaski County Sheriff’s deputies, the Sheriff Office’s Accident Reconstruction Team, and the Pulaski County Coroner’s Office.

The roadway remained closed until 11:42 p.m.

Also responding to the scene were the Special Response Team, the Shopville-Stab
Fire Department, and the Pulaski County Rescue Squad.

ORIGINAL STORY POSTED 10 P.M. WEDNESDAY, FEB. 23, 2021

PULASKI COUNTY, Ky. (WTVQ)- One man was killed in a violent head-on collision Tuesday night in Pulaski County, according to the coroner’s office.

Investigators say around 8 p.m., a Jeep collided with another vehicle on East Highway 80 near the intersection of KY 461.

The coroner’s office said the driver of the Jeep died at the scene. Investigators say no ID was found on the victim.  The body was sent to the State Medical Examiner’s Office in Louisville for identification and to determine the cause of death.

Investigators say two people in the other vehicle were injured and airlifted from the scene. No names were released.

The state says East Highway 80 was expected to be closed from Barnesburg Road to KY 461 for at least three hours while accident reconstruction specialists tried to determine how and why the collision happened. It reopened at about 2:15 a.m. Wednesday.

 

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