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Three Killed and Two Injured in a Single Vehicle Collision on US31W

Date of News Release: 02/28/2010

(Elizabethtown, Ky.) -- Nathan A. King was driving a 1998 Mazda 626 and was traveling south on US31W and entered the portion of the roadway divided by a center wall. Witnesses stated that Mr. King's vehicle was traveling at a high rate of speed in the left lane. Mr. King's vehicle entered a slight left curve, sideswiped the wall, and traveled across both lanes, exiting on the right shoulder and striking a guardrail. Mr. King's vehicle vaulted over the guardrail and overturned numerous times before coming to a final rest on its roof at the foot of a military memorial at the base of Muldraugh Hill.

Nathan A. King, WM, 21 of Ekron, Ky., was airlifted to University of Louisville hospital with life threatening injuries.

All fatal victims were ejected from the vehicle. Fatal victims are Brian C. Butt, WM, 22 of Ekron, Ky., was pronounced dead at the scene. Michael A. Butt, WM, 23 of Ekron, Ky., was pronounced dead at the scene. Third victim, Dereke Chism, WM, 23 of Guston, Ky., was pronounced dead at the scene. A fourth passenger Bruce E. Butt, WM, 22, of Radcliff, Ky., was transported to the University of Louisville hospital where he was treated and released.

Drugs and alcohol are suspected factors in the accident along with speed. The investigation is being conducted by Trooper Jonathan Vaughn with the Kentucky State Police of Elizabethtown.

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