One dead, six injured in Harlan County collision

EVARTS, Ky. (WTVQ) – One woman was killed and six other people injured, including two children, in a two-vehicle collision in Harlan County late Thursday afternoon, according to Kentucky State Police.

KSP says the initial investigation shows 30-year old Richard Fuson was driving a 2008 Chevrolet Colorado on KY 38 in the Evarts community just after 5:00 p.m. and collided with a 2006 Nissan Altima driven by 26-year old Kayla Blevins.  Investigators say it happened near the Harlan County Detention Center.

State Police say a passenger in Blevins’ car died at the scene.  She was identified as 59-year old Lourene Cottrell, according to KSP.

Investigators say Blevins was taken to Harlan ARH Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.  A passenger in the back seat, William Cottrell, was taken to University of Tennessee Medical Center with life-threatening injuries, according to KSP.

Three other passengers in Blevins’ car, including two young children, were treated and released at Harlan ARH Hospital, according to State Police.

The other driver, Richard Fuson, was taken to University of Tennessee Medical Center with life-threatening injuries, according to investigators.  He was the only occupant of his vehicle.

KSP will continue to investigate and reconstruct the collision.  At this time, investigators say they don’t suspect drugs or alcohol as a factor in the deadly accident.

KY 38 was closed for some four hours before reopening Thursday evening.

KSP Detective Andy Soltess is leading the investigation.  He was assisted at the accident scene by Harlan County Coroner’s Office, Harlan County Rescue Squad and LifeGuard EMS.

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