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Three Killed in Perry County Crash

Date of News Release: 10/16/2016

Cornettsville, KY (October 16, 2016) - A two vehicle collision late Saturday afternoon has claimed the lives of three men in Perry County. Troopers with Kentucky State Police Post 13 in Hazard were called to the scene of the crash on KY 7 in the Cornettsville community at around 4:28 p.m., yesterday. First Responders from Perry County EMS, Cornettsville and Viper Fire Departments, and Perry County Sheriff's Office also assisted at the scene.

Preliminary investigation into the collision determined that a 2008 Ford Mustang was traveling north on KY 7 when it collided head-on with a 2007 Chevrolet Silverado, which was southbound. Both vehicles came to rest on the highway. The driver of the Mustang, 44 year old Christopher Hill of Hazard was pronounced deceased at the scene by Deputy Perry County Coroner Ashley Howard. The driver of the Silverado, 68 year old James Sams of Wooton, KY was also pronounced deceased at the scene. A passenger in Sam's truck, 61 year old Harold Halcomb of Hazard, was air-lifted by Wings Air Rescue to Pikeville Medical Center where he later died from injuries sustained in the crash. Seat belts were not utilized by any of the victims of this collision.

Toxicology samples were obtained from both drivers, which is normal procedure in a fatal crash investigation, and results are pending. Autopsies will be performed on both drivers sometime today at the State Medical Examiner's Office in Frankfort. This incident remains under investigation by Trooper Scott Caudill with KSP Post 13 in Hazard.