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UPDATE: Injury Collision on KY80 in Adair County

Date of News Release: 12/04/2017

Columbia, Ky.(December 2, 2017) Kentucky State Police received information that 71 year-old Danny Helm of Columbia died this evening as a result of injuries sustained in a two vehicle collision on KY80 near the intersection of Rutledge Road on Friday December 1, 2017. He was pronounced deceased by medical personnel at the University of Kentucky Hospital.

The investigation is still ongoing and is being led by Sergeant Jason Morris. No other information is available at this time.

Columbia, Ky.(December 1, 2017) Kentucky State Police investigated a two vehicle injury collision on KY80 near the intersection of Rutledge Road around 6:21 p.m. CST.

The investigation is still ongoing and is being led by Sergeant Jason Morris. No other information is available at this time.

Preliminary investigations indicate that 28 year-old James Burris of Columbia was operating a 2000 Freightliner semi traveling east on KY80. Burris crossed the center line striking a 2004 Ford being operated by 71 year-old Danny Helm of Columbia.

Burris was not wearing his seat belt at the time of the collision and was transported to T. J. Health Hospital in Columbia. Helm was wearing his seat belt and was airlifted to University of Kentucky Hospital in Lexington with life-threatening injuries. Helm is currently listed in critical condition.

Burris was arrested and lodged in the Adair County Jail, charged with Leaving the scene of an Accident.

Sergeant Jason Morris is investigating and was assisted on scene by Sgt. Randy Honeycutt, Trooper Jonathan Carlock, Trooper Billy Begley, and Trooper Zack Scott with Kentucky State Police Post 15 Columbia, Adair County Sherriff’s Department, Air Evac 43, Adair County Fire, EMS, Columbia Police, and Kentucky Department of Highways.

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