Trooper Shane Jacobs
Public Affairs Officer
Kentucky State Police
Post 10, Harlan
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Fatal collision on KY 217 in Bell County
Date of News Release: 05/22/2011
(Harlan, Ky.) -- On 05/21/2011 at 5:34 PM, Kentucky State Police troopers from Post 10 in Harlan responded to a single vehicle collision on KY 0217 in the Shillalah community of Bell County.
Carter Creed Caldwell, 35, of Campbellsville, KY was traveling west bound on KY 0217 when his right front wheel dropped off of the pavement into a ditch. The vehicle traveled 120 feet in the ditch line and struck a rock wall. After impact, the vehicle careened across the east bound lane of KY 0217 and went over an embankment coming to final rest in a creek in four feet of water. Kentucky State Police Trooper Brian Greene was at his residence nearby preparing to come to work when he heard the crash. He quickly responded to the scene where he observed the vehicle on its top.
Trooper Greene and Doug Hoskins, a nearby resident who had also heard the crash, rushed down the 40-foot embankment to find two men trapped inside of the vehicle, they worked to free both subjects. Unfortunately, however, they were only able to free the passenger. The passenger, Allen Puckett, age 47 of Cubbage, was transported by Middlesboro Fire/EMS to a nearby landing zone where he was airlifted by AirEvac 88 to the University of Tennessee Medical Center in Knoxville. At this time is condition is not known.
Mr. Caldwell was extricated from the vehicle by Bell County Rescue Squad and pronounced dead at the scene by Bell County Deputy Coroner Greg Carter. Mr. Caldwell will be taken to the Medical Examiner’s Office for an autopsy. Both Carter and Puckett were wearing their seatbelt. The collision remains under investigation by Trooper George Howard. He was assisted on scene by Sgt. Jimmy Young II, Trooper Brian Greene and deputies from the Bell County Sheriff’s Department. Also assisting at scene was Middlesboro Fire/EMS and Bell County Rescue Squad.