Property inspector killed in Pulaski crash

Police in Pulaski County say a two vehicle crash on Ky. 461 ten miles north-east of Somerset killed one man and sent the other to the hospital.

Authorities have identified the man who died in the crash as James "Forrest" Cooper, 61, who ran a business of inspecting homes. Police say the car he was driving collided head-on with a pickup truck driven by Joseph A. Hughes, 18, of Somerset.

People say Cooper was known for always looking out for property owners and making sure their homes were built with quality materials.

“He was a very futuristic thinker..talking about planning and inspected early,” said
Jack Keeney of the Somerset-Pulaski Co. Chammber of Commerce.

“A sad day in our community to lose someone like that,” said Keeney.

The cause of the crash remains under investigation.

“We know the green pickup (Hughes vehicle) was southbound, the green mercury (Cooper vehicle) was northbound,” said Pulaski County Chief Deputy Larry Wesley.

The accident shut down Ky. 461 for three hours while police worked to figure out the cause.

“We closed the roadway due to the debris field being scattered in such a wide area that traffic traveling over the debris field would cause pieces of evidence to be lost” said Wesley.

Police say Hughes was taken to Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital, but his condition was not available.

It was raining at the time of the accident but it’s not clear if that attributed to the accident.

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