BREAKING NEWS:Three killed in traffic accident near Belfry
By Kyle Lovern
BELFRY, Ky. – Three people were killed in a 2-car accident around 10 a.m. on Thursday morning on U.S. 119 at Sharondale, Ky., which is near Belfry. The wreck occurred across from Oakwood Mobile Homes. The weather was rainy and foggy and this could have played a part in the accident.
The names of the three victims have not yet been released pending notification to family members.
Kentucky State Police (KSP) were at the scene investigating the tragic accident. The Belfry Fire Department and Appalachian First Response ambulance service were also on the scene of the wreck.
KSP traffic reconstructionist Bryan Layne was reconstructing the accident which involved a white Kia automobile and a gold Toyota truck, which belonged to Saminco Electric Traction Drives of Lavalette, W.Va.
According to an eye witness, the driver of the car was traveling north, lost control on the curve and crossed in front of the pickup truck. The car ended up in the ditch on the other side of the south bound lanes.
All three of the deceased were in the white Kia. Two were pronounced dead at the scene and was died after being transported to Appalachian Regional Hospital (ARH) in South Williamson. The driver of the truck was also taken to ARH, but his injuries were not life threatening, according to Bill Ball of Appalachian First Response.
KSP detective Kevin Newsome and other troopers were also at the scene.
The fire department sweep debris from the road and put down a drying agent to soak up fluid that had spilled from the truck.
Traffic was backed up for over a mile in the north bound lanes. At one point, traffic was tied up in all four lanes of the highway.
Two minor accidents occurred due to the traffic congestion, as cars began to back up after the first accident.
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