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Fatal Traffic Crash in Clay County

Date of News Release: 06/28/2008

(London, KY) - On Saturday June 28, 2008 at 9:45 AM the Kentucky State Police, Post 11, in London received a report of a three vehicle traffic crash, with injury, at the intersection of US 421 and KY 80 in the city limits of Manchester, KY.

Upon arrival KSP Traffic Crash Reconstructionist Trooper Craig Reed determined that unit one, a 2000, Red, Chevrolet, Cavalier, operated by Arnold Caudill, 65, of Manchester was southbound on US 421 approaching the intersection with KY 80. Upon entering the intersection Caudill made a left turn, onto US 421 south, into the path of unit two. Unit one was struck in the passenger side by unit two causing it to rotate clockwise and strike unit three before coming to rest in a ditch.

Unit two, a 2001, Silver, Mercedes Benz, ML320, operated by Robert Halcomb, 73, of Corbin, was eastbound on KY 80 approaching the intersection with US 421. Halcomb entered the intersection, traveling straight through, onto US 421 northbound when unit one enter his path of travel.

Unit three, a 1996, Purple, GMC, S-15, operated by Jason Buttery, 34, of Manchester was stationary into the turn lane of US 421 waiting to make a left turn onto KY80 westbound when struck by unit one.

Martha Roark, 64, of Manchester, a passenger in unit one, the Caudill vehicle, was fatally injured in the crash and was pronounced dead at the scene. Caudill, who was injured, was flown to the University of Kentucky Medical Center in Lexington for treatment of his injuries.

Halcomb, operator of unit two, received no injuries during the crash but a passenger in his vehicle, Margaret Halcomb, 72, of Corbin was treated and released from the Manchester Memorial Hospital with minor injuries.

Buttery, operator of unit three, nor his passengers, Opal Smith, 46, and Abe Collins, 49, both of Manchester, received any injuries during the crash.

Trooper Craig Reed is the lead investigator and was assisted at the scene by Trooper Josh Wilson, KSP Sergeant Jack Riley, the Manchester Police Department, the Manchester Fire Department, the Clay County EMS and the Clay County Coroners Office.

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