Truck Driver Dies In Accident

By: Marie Luby Email
By: Marie Luby Email

A Letcher County professional truck driver is dead after a freak accident on the job.

It happened in the Hallie area of Letcher County at the Line Fork Compressor Unit, operated by Kentucky Oil Gathering Corporation.

WYMT was the only station on the scene as company officials began their investigation into how 30-year-old Timothy Fields lost his life.

A freak accident, that's how Kentucky Oil State Manager Leonard Carl Ross describes what happened Monday afternoon at the Line Fork Compressor Unit in Hallie.

“I got a call from one of my employees today that we had an accident up in Letcher County, and it turned out to be one of our employees, a fatality,” Leonard Carl Ross said.

30-year-old Timothy Fields' arm got caught in a PTO, or power take off, shaft while operating a truck.

Fields died as a result of his injuries. Now officials are trying to figure out how it happened as they remember one of their best employees.

“Top of the line. I don't know where you'd find anybody any better,” Ross said.

Men who worked with Fields say they're shocked and saddened to lose someone they enjoyed working with every day.

Ross says Fields leaves behind a wife, and a young child.

Kentucky Oil Gathering Corporation State Manager Leonard Ross says this is the first serious accident the company has ever had in the state.

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  • by Amy Location: Va. on Jan 17, 2008 at 07:53 PM
    Hello could anyone tell me where to find Tim's Obituary. He is related to me. I found out just yesterday what happened. I am so sorry. His grandpa and my grandpa were brothers. Thank you and God bless you. I wished I had knew sooner about what happened I live in Va.
  • by Debby Fields Location: Sacramento, CA on Jan 15, 2008 at 07:13 PM
    Tim was my late husband's nephew and, therefore, my nephew, too. Johnny was my husband's brother. This is just so terribly sad. My thoughts and prayers are with Johnny, Donna, Delana, and the kids at this time. May God bless each and every one of you.
  • by lisa Location: Dandridge Tenn on Jan 15, 2008 at 06:45 PM
    Delana we the Holmes family are so soory for your loss. i didnt realize this was your husband untill i seen your pic on the internet. Our thoughts are with you. Our deepest condolences.Ray and Lisa and the Holmes family
  • by Christy Location: Cumberland, Ky on Jan 15, 2008 at 06:17 PM
    I was devastated to hear of this tragic news. Tim is my uncle. I just had a baby last wed. and my first visitors to greet me home Sunday from Lex. was Tim and Delana with their two beautiful children. Tim held my baby boy that Sunday night and then I get the worst phone call that I could ever receive. I love my Aunt and it is really bothering me to not be there right now but I will be there soon as I can. Please keep Delana and her two young children in your thoughts and prayers.
  • by angie Location: hazard ky on Jan 15, 2008 at 02:51 PM
  • by Frank Location: Sexton on Jan 15, 2008 at 02:51 PM
    My condoences go out to Tim's wife and two children. I only met Tim last year at my Daughter Darma birthday party. I enjoyed talking to him and liked him.
  • by Jessica Location: Beattyville, KY on Jan 15, 2008 at 01:31 PM
    My condolences to the Fields family, and to the owners and employees of Kentucky Oil Gathering. My prayers are with you.
  • by Lisa Location: Pike on Jan 15, 2008 at 12:15 PM
    Paul, how insensitive it is for you to post your political or anti-social opinion on a comment section of a story of one's death!!I'm not trying to give you the attention you obviously seek, and you just want to be heard, but I will write to tell you to show some respect.We don't care about price gouging at a time like this.To the Fields family, my deepest condolences.
  • by Note to Paul in Corbin on Jan 15, 2008 at 09:57 AM
    What in the world are you talking about?
  • by Jeanette Location: Wilmington, DE on Jan 15, 2008 at 05:53 AM
    I just want Tim's wife, children, Donna, Johnny, and the rest of our family to know I am so sorry. I cannot imagine the pain you are all going through. Tim was my 2nd cousin and we graduated together in 1995. Everyone will be in my thoughts and prayers! May God give you comfort at this hard time. Love Jeanette Johnson
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