TFC Billy Gregory
Public Affairs Officer
Kentucky State Police
Post 15, Columbia
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Fatal collision on Hwy 55
Date of News Release: 04/05/2011
(Columbia, Ky.) -- Trooper Dewayne Holder is investigating a collision that occurred today on Hwy 55, approximately 3 miles north of Columbia at 1:45 PM. 41 year old Charles Caldwell of Greensburg was operating a 2007 Dodge southbound on Hwy 55. 51 year old Rebecca West, of Russell Springs, was also southbound on Hwy 55, operating a 1997 Ford. In an attempt to pass West, Caldwell struck West's vehicle in the rear, causing West's vehicle to overturn numerous times. A passenger in West's vehicle, Larry West, 61 years of age, of Russell Springs, was ejected from the vehicle. Caldwell, which was not belted, was treated and released at the Westlake Regional Hospital. Rebecca West was flown to the University of Louisville. Larry West was pronounced deceased at Westlake Regional Hospital. Both parties in the West vehicle were belted.