Johnson County Man Dead In Highway 80 Crash

A Johnson County man is dead after his pickup truck rear-ends a coal truck on Highway 80.

It happened around 6am Tuesday morning near the Knott-Floyd county line.

The driver of the coal truck told police he saw the pickup truck pulled over on the side of the road as he passed by, then saw the truck pull out and drive into the back of his truck.

30-year-old Brian Ratliff of Volga was pronounced dead at the scene.

“I knew it was going to happen before it happened. I seen him coming and I hit my brake lights, I had my four-ways on, and I just don't know, he never seen them,” says James West of DANCO Trucking.

Police suspect Ratliff may have been under the influence of drugs, but they are waiting for autopsy results to be sure.


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  • by wife Location: somewhere on Nov 11, 2008 at 05:18 PM
    why is the truck driver not in a truck anymore after my husband was killed...now what is the deal with that if the truck driver wasn't in the wrong..i'm sick and tired of people talking about this let the courts do the rest people..the kids and i miss him..our son turned 9 today and his daddy wasn't here to say happy birthday to his son because of a coal truck..
  • by RIP Brian and Hell on wheels! on Oct 20, 2008 at 03:45 PM
    Brian we love and miss you like crazy. We all know your still here with us. Some things can't be changed. But justice will be seeked for you. 3 wrecks with Danco trucks since you've been gone. somethings not right!
  • by Brains Mom Location: Volga on Oct 1, 2008 at 08:41 AM
    Let me tell you all something the autopsy report came back and he was not on any drugs. It came back clean. So all you judgemental idots look at the facts before you judge.
  • by sad wife on Sep 9, 2008 at 10:19 PM
    IF Brian was pulled over and then pulled out and hit the truck he would not be dead..but there is no way it happened that way cause brian truck was stuck at travling speed and he was in a 5 speed so their is no way it happened the way the report says and besides if the truck driver seen what was going to happen why didn't he try and get out of brians way if he wasn't speeding hisself..people open your eyes and see the real story..you can put 2 and 2 togather i know..you can blame my husband all you want but the truth will come out and brian will not be at fault or on drugs..you people can read the storys or go by hear say..people i am his wife i know the facts..
  • by Michelle(Brians wife) Location: salyersville on Sep 9, 2008 at 10:06 PM
    Let me tell some of you people a few things about my husband 1 he never done drugs 2 he was a hard working man 3 he loved his 2 kids and me.you people get on here and slander his name like you are and most of you don't even know him.you people don't have to answer the quistions i do when his kids ask why this happen to daddy so until you walk in mine and his kids shoes don't judge a good man,husband and father.And besides no one said anything about the truck driver being on drugs..but the driver has told to many storys for it not to be his fault..so all i'm asking is let my husband rest and stop slandering is name..our small kids hear people saying things and its not fair to them when they know their daddy didn't do what some of you people and the cops are saying...I'm sick and tired of people saying that the truck drivers are never at fault.keep checking the news i'm sure you will hear where this coal truck co. and drivers has 2 law suits already I wounder how many more is out there.
  • by Angie Location: Volga on Aug 25, 2008 at 02:13 PM
    I'm a very close friend of the family and I just want to say it's bad that you people are saying the things you are, he had 2 small children that no one is taking into cosideration. It's already bad enough they lost their father and now they have to hear this. When the autopsy comes back and it proves he was not on drugs, how are you gonna undo the damage you done to these children with your suspicions? You need to report facts only.
  • by Sad Location: Volga on Aug 22, 2008 at 06:33 AM
    You know its sad when people get on here and post these comments. First off this is my nephew a very respectable man with 2 kids tryin to get to work to support his children. 2nd thing why do you people always think that the coal truck is to blame. Were not blaming anyone in this. And 3rd if you all had a heart you wouldnt be posting some of these comments. So please people if you cant ask god to be with us in our time of need please don't put stupid comments on here like some. Don't put blame on anyone untill you walk a mile in our shoes.
  • by Susie Location: Sitka on Aug 21, 2008 at 10:15 PM
    bil, bill, christy, ronnie, larry, paul, stacy, please let this man rest in peace. I know the family & I think you should wait for the autopsy report before laying blame. He may have fallen asleep or suffered a heart attack. In fact, measurements taken at the scene determined that he drove 5.8 miles before hitting the coal truck. Think about it. Truckers aren't always to blame but some non-truckers aren't under the influence when an accident like this happens,either. I will certainly pray for this man's family. It's hard to explain to little children why their daddy won't be coming home to them. Have some consideration for them if nothing else. I will also say a prayer for the opinionated people who think they know everything but don't have all the facts before accusing or blaming a dead man for being under the influence. Furthermore, his uncle drives an 18 wheeler and has witnessed accidents involving these trucks, some drivers were at fault and some were not. Do the math!!!
  • by Sad Location: johnson co on Aug 21, 2008 at 09:49 PM
    Yes this is Blake Ratliffs grandson.
  • by steve Location: florida on Aug 21, 2008 at 05:48 PM
    Yes this was their grandson. He was a great friend, great husband, and great daddy of 2. You could not have known a better person. So lay off of him and let him rest in peace. I am sure you can find something else to trouble yourselfs with. God bless him, his wife, and kids.

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