TFC Barry Blair
Assistant Public Affairs Officer
Kentucky State Police
Post 11, London
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Fatal Accident in Clay County
Date of News Release: 06/09/2008
(Manchester, KY) - On June 8, 2008, at 2:20 PM EDT Kentucky State Police Post 11 in London was notified of a traffic accident with injuries 6 miles East of Manchester on the Hal Rogers Parkway.
When Trooper Jeff Senters arrived he found three injured victims. The preliminary investigation shows that a 1998 Ford Windstar van, operated by Christopher E. Burke, 33 years of age of Prestonsburg, KY, was eastbound on the parkway 6 miles East of Manchester. Mr. Burke lost control of his van and ran off the shoulder of the road and struck a guardrail. He then attempted to regain control of his vehicle and skidded back into the path of a 2003 Chevy Tracker traveling west, operated by Kaitlin Miller. Ms. Miller, 20 years of age of Medina, NY, attempted to avoid the van, but struck it in the right side causing both vehicles to spin coming to rest in the roadway. Both drivers as well as Frances James, 20 years of age of Bolton, MA, a passenger in the Tracker, were airlifted to the University of Kentucky Medical Center. Mr. Burke was pronounced dead by the Fayette County Coroners office at 8:29 PM. The accident is under investigation by Tpr. Jeff Senters and Tpr. Steve Smallwood. They were assisted at the scene by Kentucky Vehicle Enforcement, the Manchester Police Department, the Clay County Sheriff's Department, Manchester and Big Creek Fire Departments and the Clay County Ambulance Service.