PULASKI COUNTY, Ky. (WKYT) - We now know the name of a woman killed in a crash in southern Kentucky.
The Pulaski County Coroner tells us Megan Williams, 30, of Somerset, was killed in the crash around 12:30 Wednesday morning. It happened about six miles north of Somerset on Highway 39. Police say a semi was turning onto the highway when it got stuck in a ditch. As the semi driver was trying to free the truck, he told police he saw a car coming toward his semi. That car slammed into the side of the truck, killing Williams.
The 30-year-old mother of three worked at several Somerset restaurants, mostly recently at Beach Buckets, where friends say her contagious personality resulted in many calling ahead and reserving tables in her section. Williams also worked at the Somerset radio stations in traffic for ten years, and will be remembered for being a sweet girl who always had a smile on her face.
The accident that claimed her life is under investigation, and officials say the intersection has posed problems before as truckers mistakenly turn onto Coleman Road because their GPS devices point them in that direction.
"There's a rise of a hill as you approach southbound toward the vehicle. That, something may have obscured her vision as far as her headlights off the truck," said Dabney Volunteer Fire Chief Rick Haynes. Haynes added the investigation is still ongoing.
"This is a very common intersection that we have a lot of issues with as far as vehicles that go by their GPS or their instrument devices as far as roads which to take. Evidently this is one that shows commonly, cause we have a lot of tractor trailers come through this intersection," Chief Haynes said.
The fire chief says there used to be a 'No thru trucks' sign a the other end of West Coleman Road, but there isn't now. He says its a problem he's looking to remedy immediately with the help of a local magistrate.
Investigators say it doesn't appear the car Williams was driving slowed down before it plowed into the trailer of the truck that was blocking the roadway.
Highway 39 was closed for several hours. It reopened around 6 a.m. Wednesday morning.
Williams' body has been sent to Frankfort for an autopsy.