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Charles Smith, 46, of London, died after the tractor and garbage-filled trailer he was driving overturned Monday while Smith was driving north on KY 15 near the Knott-Letcher county line. (Photo by Connie Fields)

Charles Smith, 46, of London, died after the tractor and garbage-filled trailer he was driving overturned Monday while Smith was driving north on KY 15 near the Knott-Letcher county line. (Photo by Connie Fields)

A Laurel County man died Monday after the tractor-trailer he was operating overturned near the Knott/Letcher county line.

Kentucky State Police said Chester Smith, 46, of London, was traveling north on Highway 15 at Redfox at 8:35 a.m. when the 2001 Peterbilt tractor and trailer suddenly veered off of the road and hit a guardrail before overturning. The rig, owned by Watco LLC of Somerset, was loaded with landfill garbage.

Police say Smith was not wearing a seat belt and was trapped inside the truck cab before being extricated by rescue workers with Letcher Fire & Rescue and the Vicco/Sassafras Fire Department.

Smith was pronounced dead by Knott County Coroner Jeff Blair. The accident is being investigated by KSP Trooper Joe Dials and KSP Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Officer Anthony Bersaglia.


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