Trooper Jody Sims
Public Affairs Officer
Kentucky State Police
Post 13, Hazard
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Fatal Crash on Highway 15 in Letcher County
Date of News Release: 01/05/2007
(Hazard, KY) - On 01/05/07 at approximately 09:00 hours the Kentucky State Police Post in Hazard received a call of a two vehicle accident on Highway 15 in the Van community of Letcher County.
Upon arrival of Troopers and the Letcher County Sheriff's Department, a tractor trailer coal truck was over turned and on fire and a Chevrolet S-10 was sitting against the guardrail with extensive damage. Witnesses were interviewed and preliminary investigation determined that the S-10 pickup was northbound on HWY 15 and crossed over into the coal trucks lane of traffic, which was traveling southbound, and resulted in a head on collision.
The operator of the coal truck, Christopher Cook, was transported to the Whitesburg Hospital where he was treated and released for minor injuries. The operator of the pickup truck, Troy Ashley, age 72 of Big Smith Branch of Sassafras, KY was pronounced deceased at the scene by the Letcher County Coroners Office.
The accident remains under investigation by Trooper Derek Hall.