UPDATED: Former boxer killed in Floyd County crash

FLOYD COUNTY, Ky. (WYMT) - We are learning more about the crash that happened in Floyd County Tuesday afternoon that killed former professional boxer, 62 year old, Mayfield Pennington, of Pikeville.

Mary Jane Moore says she knew something was wrong when traffic stood still on the busy U.S. 23 behind her home, "We were doing dishes and then we noticed traffic was at a complete stop. We went to the side of the house and we saw the semi but we didn't see the car until we went outside." Then they saw the 1977 Corvette driven by Pennington.

Moore says, "We were hoping everybody would be alright but..."

Floyd County Deputy Coroner Chuck Hall says, "It was one of the worst...you deal with different types every day but anytime a vehicle ends up under an 18-wheeler, you know you've got extensive damage."

State Police were back out at the scene Wednesday morning and they say at this time there is still little information as to what exactly caused this accident. Trooper Shaun Little says, "Mr. Pennington was attempting to pull on to the southbound lanes of U.S. 23 when he lost control of his vehicle and began facing northbound in the southbound lanes."

Hall adds, "His car ended up going under the front end of the 18-wheeler and went across the northbound lane and ended up off the road and under the front right tire of 18-wheeler....I don't know if you call it a freak accident but it was, very different."

Officials say they do not expect any charges to be filed.


PIKEVILLE, Ky. (WYMT) - A Pikeville boxer that once trained alongside Muhammad Ali is dead after a traffic crash in Eastern Kentucky.

Police say 62-year old Mayfield Pennington's Corvette was hit by a tractor trailer Tuesday on U.S. 23 in Floyd County.

Pennington talked to us in 2007 at his gym in Pikeville.

He had a professional boxing record of 48 and 16 with some notable victories.

Friends say he was a gentle giant who will be greatly missed.

STANVILLE, Ky. (WYMT) - A man is dead after a crash in Floyd County.

It happened just before 3 o'clock Tuesday afternoon on U.S. 23 near Betsy Layne High School.

Officials used a crane to move oil tanks away from the scene before they could lift an 18-wheeler off a Corvette.

The coroner says 62-year old Mayfield Pennington died in the crash.


UPDATED - 6:20 p.m.

STANVILLE, Ky. (WYMT) - State Police are investigating a deadly crash in Floyd County. KSP confirms at least one person is dead.

The accident happened just before 3 Tuesday afternoon on U.S. 23 in Floyd County near Betsey Layne High School.

Crews worked with a crane to move oil tanks away from the scene so they could then lift the 18-wheeler off of the corvette. KSP officials on the scene say it will be some time before they can confirm what exactly caused this accident.

Trooper Shaun Little says, "KSP units responded to the scene as well as Commercial Vehicle Enforcement officers. As we speak right now it is still an ongoing investigation. CVE Officers and State Troopers are on the scene conducting their investigation."

The county coroner says this is the fourth vehicle fatality already this month in Floyd County.

The road was closed for several hours on Tuesday. Officials are not releasing any names at this time.


STANVILLE, Ky (WYMT) --- Kentucky State Police Post 9 has confirmed a deadly crash on US 23 in Floyd County.

The northbound lane will be shut down for an extended amount of time but police are looking to eventually open up one lane on the southbound side for any traffic heading north.

KSP has confirmed one fatality.

We have a crew on the way and will relay more information as it becomes available.

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