Two People Die In Crash

By: Jeff Allen Email
By: Jeff Allen Email

A winter storm turns deadly in Southern Kentucky, claiming the lives of two people.

Police say a vehicle crashed into a creek off slippery Kentucky 2009 in Bledsoe earlier this morning.

Benjamin Blanton II and Kevin Jewell were killed after the car became submerged under water.

"It feels like a dream, it don't feel real right now." Angela Blanton the wife of Benjamin Blanton, Benji as she calls him, woke up around one this morning, to a nightmare.

"Started hyperventilating and started to loose it."

The snow that fell hard and fast last night in Harlan County, made the road back home slick.

In the car were four men, 34 year old Blanton was at the wheel

Police say the car slid off Kentucky 221 into the water.

Blanton and 31 year old Kevin Jewell were trapped inside and died, two others made it out alive.

The four men were on their way home from work from the coal mines, when the car they were riding in slid off the road into a water filled culvert and overturned.

Two of the four were unable to get out alive.

The other two somehow made it to a nearby trailer and waited for help to arrive.

"He left for work, I kissed him like I always do."

Angela says in the back of her mind, she always had a thought of danger when Benji left for the coal mines.

"I always knew if something was going to happen, it would happen in the coal mines."

And it didn't just happen to Blanton, it also happened to this three children from 4 months to ten years old.

"He didn't have a lot of time for working but they knew he loved them."

And it happened to his wife, who just lost her best friend.

"We've known each other since we were 12 year old."

Gary Shackleford and Roger Gibson were the two other people in the car.

There's no word on how they were able to escape.

Emergency crews from three other departments were also on hand to help the state police.

The crash is still under investigation.

Visitation for Benny Blanton is 5-8 p.m. Sunday at Mount Pleasant Funeral Home in Harlan.

His funeral is immediately following at 8 p.m., also at the funeral home.

Visitation for Kevin will be held from 5 - 8 pm Sunday, December 14, at
Harlan Funeral Home.

Funeral services will be conducted at 1 pm Monday, December 15, at Harlan
Funeral Home with the Reverend Arnold Martin officiating.

Burial will follow at Resthaven Cemetery, Keith, KY.


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  • by Kim Location: Bledsoe on Dec 16, 2008 at 07:18 AM
    We have tried to get guard rails put up there several times because of the numerous wrecks but maybe with everyones help something will get done.
  • by Theresia Location: Totz on Dec 15, 2008 at 07:49 PM
    I urge all of the viewers who see's this PLEASE contact Congressman Harold Rodgers and let him know how bad we need Gaurdrails on these roads! we can't stand by and watch this happen to another person. I have already sent an e-mail to Congressman Rodgers, just type his name in and send him an e-mail its time that we did something about these dangerous roads! If not the next time it could be someone in your family.
  • by Shannon Location: Harlan Native on Dec 15, 2008 at 05:35 PM
    During this time may God be with you and your children. I lost my father a few years ago and my heart goes to you all. My prayers are with you and God will help you through all of this if you stay close to him.
  • by Anonymous on Dec 15, 2008 at 05:15 PM
    i pray for these families.. this is a tragedy.. my heart goes out to you. there is no words that can express this..
  • by DavidCottrell&Family Location: barbourville on Dec 14, 2008 at 08:07 PM
    it just seems like it not true i had just been transfered to another mines tuesday and i said my good byes to them but i didnt know it would be the last they were really good friends of mine and i work with them ever day they both were to people that were fun to be around we will be prayin for the family
  • by Anonymous Location: Coldiron, KY on Dec 14, 2008 at 07:28 PM
    Thank you to all the coal miners that came to Benji's visitation and funeral. My nephew would have been so happy to greet each and every one of you. God Bless.
  • by shelley Location: cawood on Dec 13, 2008 at 04:51 PM
    anthony and geneva our thoughts and prayers are with you all may god help you all through this awful time if there is anything we can do for any of you please let us know we love you.
  • by Bledsoe Volunteer Fire Department Location: Bledsoe KY on Dec 13, 2008 at 04:37 PM
    All of our thoughts,And prayers go out to the Familys of these two young working men,And we also thank God that two were able to excape,There really needs to be gaurd rails at that location,Gode bless and keep all of the working men & Women.
  • by adam&courtney Location: totz on Dec 13, 2008 at 01:40 PM
    i like my fellow coworkers and friends of infinity 4 am still in shock and dismay at what has happend.... i liked kvein and benji so much, me and kevin would talk about hotrods, and benji could always make you smile...... there just not enough anyone can say..... the world is a far less place without them in it...... i will always miss you two... (b-card)
  • by jessica hackworth Location: flody on Dec 13, 2008 at 01:38 PM
    I am sorry for the loss. The men that died and his family will be in my prays. I will also have my father in law to pray for them also.
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