Trooper Jody Sims
Public Affairs Officer
Kentucky State Police
Post 13, Hazard
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Two Vehicle Collision Claims One Life In Knott County
Date of News Release: 11/27/2012
(Hazard, Ky) -- On November 26, 2012 at approximately 4:20 p.m. Kentucky State Police received a call of a two vehicle collision on Hwy 550 in the Lackey community of Knott County.
Preliminary investigation indicates that a pickup truck operated by 89 year old Nero Patton of Mousie crossed the center line and struck a vehicle operated by James Smith. Patton was not wearing a safety belt and was ejected from his vehicle. Patton was pronounced deceased at the scene by the Knott County Coroner. Smith was air lifted from the scene to St. Marys Medical Center in Huntington WVa. where he was reported to be in fair condition. The investigation is continuing by Kentucky State Police.