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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