MONTICELLO, Ky. (WTVQ) – A 26-year-old Berea man was killed Monday night when he lost control of the pickup he was driving and crashed into an 18-wheeler in Wayne County.
According to the Kentucky State Police, Nicholas K. Kates was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident on KY 90 in Monticello area at about 10:30 p.m. Monday.
Troopers said the initial investigation indicates a 2001 Ford pickup driven by Kates was westbound on KY 90 when he lost control and the truck ran into a ditch. It re-entered the road and crossed into oncoming traffic, striking a 2000 Peterbilt tractor-trailer rig head on.
The 18-wheeler was driven by 30-year-old Eric T. Garner, of Chillicothe, Ohio. He was taken to the Wayne County Hospital and treated for minor injuries.
An autopsy is scheduled for Kates in Louisville at the state medical office.
The ongoing investigation is being conducted by KSP Post 11 Trooper Dackery Larkey.
He was assisted at the scene by Kentucky State Police Commercial Vehicle Enforcement, Wayne County Constable, Wayne County Sheriff’s Office, Monticello Fire Department and the Wayne County Coroner’s Office.