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Dry Fork wreck kills two

Wet road conditions may have played a role in a double fatality wreck at Dry Fork earlier today.

Joseph Neil Caudill, 26, of 64 Wright’s Hollow in Jenkins, and Bobby Lee Jent, 43, of 54 Windstar Drive, Neon, were killed after the white pickup truck being driven by Caudill went out of control and hit a tractor-trailer driven by a woman headed to Tennessee.

Kentucky State Police Det. Randy Combs said the pickup was headed north on KY 15 about 12:20 p.m. on Thursday when the pickup crossed the centerline and into the pathway of the 18-wheeler being driven by Jody Townsend.

The wreck occurred near KY 15’s intersection with Loggy Hollow, near the former location of Tolliver’s Bargain Homes.

The preliminary investigation indicates that wet roads may have been a factor. Combs isn’t sure if the pickup hydroplaned, but that the pickup went out of control.

Caudill and Jent were pronounced dead at the scene at 12:35 p.m. by Letcher County Coroner Perry Fowler, who said the two suffered severe head and body trauma.

Fowler said the wreck was “one of the worst wrecks I have ever worked,” adding that the pickup was damaged almost beyond recognition. The force of the collision caused the bed of the pickup to separate from its cab. Both the trailer and tractor of the 18-wheeler overturned on the road’s shoulder.

Townsend was transported to the Whitesburg hospital, where she was treated for minor injuries.

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