Floyd County Motorist Killed By Falling Rock

FLOYD COUNTY, KY -- A Wayland man was killed Saturday evening by a falling rock that landed on the cab of his truck as he was driving on Ky. Route 80 in the Martin area of Floyd County.

A Kentucky State Police news release did not specify the size of the rock or the extent of the damage to the truck, but the driver, 37-year old Frank. M. Baldridge was declared dead at the scene by Floyd County Deputy Coroner Greg Nelson. The accident happened about 7:30 p.m.

KSP officers are continuing their investigation of the mishap. The lead investigating officer is Trooper B. J. Caudill. Other officers involved were Sgt. Ronald Peppi, Trooper William Petry, and Trooper Eric Gibson.

The TransStar Ambulance Serice, the Martin County Fire Dept., The Kentucky Highway Dept., The Martin City Police Dept., Kentucky Vehicle Enforcement, the Floyd County Sheriff's Dept. and the Floyd County Coroner's Office all assisted in working the accident.


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  • by rev ralph Location: oldtown ky. on Mar 8, 2008 at 06:12 AM
    frank was one of those people with pizzazz color and heart what a loss for all of us
  • by Bill on Mar 5, 2008 at 03:54 AM
    Millions spent to catch any and all to fill our jails, but no money to make ky. Rds safe.We have over hangs,no guard rails on our mtn rds.Dangers at every turn,while our state blows millions on any and everything, but public safity???
  • by jennifer Location: printer ky on Mar 4, 2008 at 09:31 PM
    i hate to hear of this accident my heart goes out to his family
  • by Wow Location: RIcmond on Mar 4, 2008 at 11:06 AM
    @??? on Mar 3, 2008 at 10:23 AM "Falling Rock or Fallen Rock?" You cant be killed be a rock that already fell hence he was killed by a falling rock. IE the rock was still falling when it hit him.
  • by Steve Location: Eastern on Mar 3, 2008 at 06:53 PM
    Mike is my cousin and this is a terrible tragedy that could have been avoided had the DOT faced the highwalls with wire ( see N.C. highwalls ). Since I spent most of my childhood with my grandparents, Mike and I could be seen playing games with each other, climbing hillsides, walking the railroad tracks, riding go-karts, skipping rocks and fishing. Later in life, we were each in band for ACHS, travelling with each other on band and Beta Club outings, and even playing the same type of instruments. Now, due to this tragedy, I have lost a very close friend as well as a cousin. Please keep in mind his mother Betty, his grandmother Lena, Ishmael and Edith (his uncle and aunt), as well as his other relatives close in their heart at this great moment of tragedy in all our lives. Sleep well Michael. You will be greatly missed but not forgotten.
  • by Kathy Location: Martin on Mar 3, 2008 at 02:42 PM
    I Loved You Frank my thoughts and prayers are with your family. The sad thing of it is there was a car that was hit by rocks in that same cut through about two weeks ago and a police report was done. THIS SHOULD HAVE BEEN CLEANED UP!!
  • by Alice Location: Hopkins on Mar 3, 2008 at 01:02 PM
    My husband is Mike's cousin. We were devastated by this tragedy and appreciate all the kind things posted here.
  • by ??? on Mar 3, 2008 at 07:23 AM
    Falling Rock or Fallen Rock?
  • by Nick Location: Dublin, OH on Mar 3, 2008 at 06:44 AM
    You were a good man Frank, my thoughts and prayers will also be with your friends and family.
  • by Tim Location: Floyd Co on Mar 3, 2008 at 04:21 AM
    It is a shame that people still have to die from prventable causes. The cutthrough's for The high ways in eastern Ky were not built to stanard and the problem has not been addressed YET. PS; On another highway note.Since when did it all of a sudden become leagl to haul 55 ton of coal plus the weight of the truck accross bridges that only have extended weight of 51 ton ? Oh by the way that bridge is directly in front of a grade school where schoolbuses load and unload daily.
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