Woman Dies In Collision With Coal Truck

By: Julie Maloney Email
By: Julie Maloney Email

An eastern Kentucky woman is dead after an accident involving a coal truck in Letcher County Tuesday afternoon.

It happened on highway 15 in Isom.

Rescue crews say a vehicle driven by Bonnie Walters pulled out in front of a coal truck on highway 15, a passenger was killed in the crash.

This is the second fatal accident in just over a week on highway 15, now rescue crews are urging drivers to be more cautious.

Debris spread over 500-feet after police say a 2001 mustang crossed this median on highway 15 in Letcher County and struck a coal truck.

"The car was cut completely in half at the front windshield. The whole front part of the car was completely gone," Gary Rogers said.

The drivers of both vehicles survived. There were two passengers in the Mustang, 47 year old Wanda Wallace of Whitesburg was killed and a four-year-old boy in the back seat escaped with just a scratch.

Police say they don't know what caused the accident and why the Mustang pulled out in front of the coal truck.

"The roadway was wet, but it doesn't appear to be a contributing factor," Trooper Ira Napier said.

Gary Rogers works for Letcher County Fire and Rescue, he says just over a week ago a car pulled out in front of a coal truck just a mile from this accident on highway 15 near Isom.

After two fatal accidents in nearly two weeks, he's urging drivers to be a little more cautious while travelling on busy roads.

"The truckers have not been at fault in either one of these wrecks. When you don't pay attention to what the truckers are doing and you have an accident with them, most likely, you're going to be the one that pays the price," Rogers said.

As of right now, state police say there have been no charges filed against Bonnie Walters, the woman driving the Mustang...she's now recovering at the U.K. Medical Center.

The coal truck driver has been released from the hospital.

As for the four year old boy in the car who survived the crash, it was an especially unfortunate day... we're told Tuesday was his fourth birthday.

Officials also say both women involved in the crash lost their husbands in the past year.


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