TPR Lloyd Cochran
Public Affairs Officer
Kentucky State Police
Post 11, London
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Traffic Crash in Rockcastle County
Date of News Release: 08/29/11
(London, Ky.) -- On Monday August 29, 2011 at approximately 9:21 a.m. the Kentucky State Police, Post 11, London received a report, from an off-duty KSP Trooper, of two (2) vehicles involved in what appeared to be a car chase on I-75 southbound in Rockcastle County.
Unit one, a white van operated by Clyde White, 78, of Corbin, KY, was chasing unit two, a blue van operated by Lawrence White, 82, of Lexington, KY, southbound on I-75 when both vans exited the interstate at exit 62. The white van was observed impacting the blue van multiple times as they traveled southbound on KY 461 at speeds reportedly in excess of 100mph.
As the two vehicles neared US 150, the driver of the white van used his vehicle to force the blue van into a white utility van parked on the southbound shoulder. This parked van was owned by Direct TV and occupied by Dakota McWhorter of Waco, KY, who sustained no injuries.
Both occupants of the blue van sustained serious injuries and were transported from the scene by EMS and air ambulance. The passenger of the blue van is identified as Dorothy Whitaker, 83, of Richmond, KY.
Clyde White fled the scene of the crash but impacted a tractor-trailer operated by James Langford, of Tennessee and owned by Big G Express, Inc. of Shelbyville, TN. This vehicle remained in service and the operator was not injured.
The motive for this incident remains under investigation and Clyde White, Lawrence White, and Dorothy Whitaker were identified as siblings.
Clyde White was arrested and charged with two counts of Attempted Murder and two counts of Wanton Endangerment. He has been lodged in the Rockcastle County Detention Center.
The investigation is being conducted by Trooper Ryan Loudermilk of KSP Post 11, London. He was assisted at the scene by other personnel from the Kentucky State Police, KSP Commercial Vehicle Enforcement, the Rockcastle County Sheriff's Office, the Mount Vernon Police Department, the Rockcastle County EMS, and Air Methods air ambulance services.