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Fatal Collision on US23 Johnson County

Date of News Release: 04/08/2015

Wittensville, KY (Johnson County) - The Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Division of the Kentucky State Police is investigating a two-vehicle collision that occurred on US23 in Johnson County, on Wednesday, April 8, 2014, at approximately 3:36am.

The preliminary investigation indicated that Mr. Danny L. Rice, of Stambaugh KY, was operating a 2006 Chevy Trailblazer southbound, in northbound lane of travel on US 23. Mr. James Kern, of Salyersville KY, was operating a 2015 Peterbuilt, traveling northbound, also in the northbound lane of travel on US23. The Trail Blazer struck the driver’s side of the tractor-trailer combination and came to final rest. There were no other vehicles involved in the collision.

Mr. Rice was pronounced deceased at the scene by Johnson County Coroner J.R. Frisby. Mr. Kern was declined medical treatment.

The collision was investigated by Officer Dennis Hutchinson of the Kentucky State Police, Division of Commercial Vehicle Enforcement. He was assisted by KSP Sgt. Keith Justice, the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office, the W.R. Castle Volunteer Fire Department, and the Johnson County Coroner.