Two Dead After Car Slides Into Flood Waters

By: Dave Spencer Email
By: Dave Spencer Email

Ice roads are to blame for an accident in Harlan County. Two men died another two made it out alive.

The four men, 34 year old Benjamin Blanton II, 31 year old Kevin Jewell, 31 year old Gary Shackleford, and 43 year old Roger Gibson, were on the way home from work at a Harlan County coal mine early Friday morning when the car slid off Kentucky 221 into a water filled culvert.

The car first flipped upside down before entering the water trapping both Blanton and Jewell inside, the other two men were able to get out on their own, make it to a trailer where they waited for help.

The two trapped inside however were pulled out by police with the help of three different emergency crews. Blanton's wife tells 27NEWSFIRST that she woke up around one Friday morning with a bad feeling. She would later learn the awful truth, her husband of 10 years was gone.

Blanton also has three children two girls, four months old and four years old, and a 10 year old son. Jewell also leaves behind a wife and two kids.

We're told Gibson is a little shaken up after the accident but otherwise alright, no word on Shackleford's condition.


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  • by Kenneth and Linda Hensley Location: Coldiron ky on Dec 16, 2008 at 05:02 PM
    we have known the blantions since we were all small, our hearts go out to all the families and and especiallly the parents ,wives,and their children, they will never be forgotten because they live on in their childrens hearts and a mother never forgets her child. I pray god will bless and take care of them all. my question is why were there no guard rails or safety light in that area, it looks dangerious and should be not only looked into but something done, before someone else has to die or get hurt. people not femilar with the road is in danger as well as the ones who know the roads over there. cubborts and bridges in all ares should have guard rails no matter what the cost. Life is more important then county money. HELP SAVE LIFE-PUT UP GUARD RAILS OR LIGHTS IN THESE BAD AREAS.ANOTHER PLACE I WORRIE ABOUT IS IN BELL COUNTY AROUND VIRELLA CURVE WHERE THE BRIDGE TO NO WHERE IS LOCATED, IT IS SO DARK AND STILL BEING WORKED ON. AT NIGHT YOU CANT HARDLY SEE WHERE YOU ARE. DANGER LEARKS.
  • by Alisha Thomas Location: Wallins Ky on Dec 13, 2008 at 12:25 AM
    My heart is heavy tonight with sadness for all involved i knew both men who were taken on to be with god and one of the suvivors. Their familys are in my thoughts and prayers. They will both be missed..
  • by shaun johnson Location: elcomb KY on Dec 12, 2008 at 08:28 PM
    kevin was a very great guy which was one of my close friends its very sad knowing he was called home to the lord yesterday he'll be sadly missed bye me an my 2 uncles darrell an bill johnson an his family may god be with him his family an friends RIP kevin we love an miss you very much!!!!!
  • by donald england Location: harlan on Dec 12, 2008 at 08:16 PM
    To family and frends i pray for you all and my god ease hearts ...god bless you all..
  • by Rita Location: Georgetown on Dec 12, 2008 at 04:33 PM
    So sad. My thoughts and prayers reside with all the family members and friends. God Bless you.

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