Trooper Jody Sims
Public Affairs Officer
Kentucky State Police
Post 13, Hazard
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Accident Involving ATV and Kentucky State Police Trooper
Date of News Release: 09/08/2008
(Hazard, KY) - On 09/05/08 at approximately 10:23pm Kentucky State Police Trooper Ben Campbell was traveling South on Hwy 317 in the Neon Community of Letcher County.
Trooper Campbell met an ATV traveling North on Hwy 317 and attempted to make a traffic stop with his emergency equipment activated. The operator of the ATV Tommy Newman of Whitesburg, Ky. suddenly braked and Trooper Campbell cut over into the other lane of traffic to avoid colliding with the ATV. The operator of the ATV then made an abrupt left turn and struck Trooper Campbell's cruiser in the right side. The operator was ejected from his ATV and taken to the Jenkins Hospital for his injuries. He was later airlifted to Holston Valley Medical Center. The operator of the ATV was not wearing a helmet at the time of the collision. Trooper Campbell was wearing his seatbelt at the time of the collision and received no injuries. Criminal charges are pending and the investigation is continuing by Sgt. Kevin Guier.