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Fatal Collision on US 431 South

Date of News Release: 9/5/2017

Beechmont, Ky. (September 1, 2017) – The Kentucky State Police is investigating a two vehicle, fatal collision that occurred one mile north of Beechmont, Kentucky on US 431 at approximately 7:24 a.m.

The preliminary investigation revealed James Krueger, 58, of Dunmor KY, was operating a 2002 Ford Escort northbound on US 431 South. Amy Shelton, 34, of Beech Creek KY, was operating a 2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee southbound on US 431. For an unknown reason, Krueger’s vehicle crossed the center line into the southbound lane of US 431. Shelton attempted to avoid the collision but was unsuccessful. The passenger side front bumper of Krueger’s vehicle struck the passenger side front bumper of Shelton’s vehicle. All occupants were wearing seatbelts.

James Krueger and Amy Shelton were transported to Owensboro Health Muhlenberg Community Hospital by ambulance. Dena Tensas, 61, of Dunmor Ky, a passenger in Krueger’s vehicle was also transported to Owensboro Health Muhlenberg Community Hospital. She was later transported to University of Louisville Hospital. On September 3, 2017 Dena Tanses succumbed to her injuries.

Trooper Jerry Knight investigated the collision and was assisted on scene by Sergeant Nicholas Rice, Trooper Stu Recke, KSP Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Officer John Sweeney, Beechmont Volunteer Fire Department, Drakesboro Volunteer Fire Department and Muhlenberg County EMS.

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