2017-08-16 / Front Page

One dead in pickup, coal truck collision

Road reopened after crash

KY 15 has been reopened after a fatal collision near Isom about 7:30 a.m. today.
Authorities say a pickup truck and a tractor-trailer coal truck collided nearly head-on near the intersection of Del & Betty Drive, about a mile South of Isom on a three-lane section of KY 15. The coal truck overturned over a hill. The pickup stopped about 50 yards away. Letcher, Sandlick and Whitesburg firefighters had to extricate both drivers from their vehicles with Jaws of Life. Several bystanders assisted with the extrication.
A 20-year-old man driving the pickup truck was killed in the collision. The driver of the coal truck was flown to Pikeville Medical Center. The helicopter was unable to land at Isom due to fog, and had to be rerouted to a clear area on KY 15 at Redfox in Knott County.
Kentucky State Police have not yet released the names of the victims.

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