Two people are dead and another critically injured after a crash late Monday afternoon on U.S 23.
It happened near Dogwood Fork and shut down the roadway for hours.
Kentucky Vehicle Enforcement officers say just before five Monday afternoon, an eighteen-wheeler overturned after it collided with a car carrying three people, two of them died.
Officers say both the eighteen-wheeler and the passenger car were travelling southbound on U.S. 23 when the car came to a stop and did a u-turn in front of the truck.
Two men were ejected from the car, one was killed and the other was transported to a West Virginia hospital with critical injuries.
A female passenger who was in the back seat was pronounced dead at a Paintsville hospital.
The truck driver escaped with no injuries.
"The driver attempted to avoid contact, but was unable to. Once he did, there's a curve right on the median and it caused the truck to overturn on the drivers side," Neil Johnson said.
"Obviously, the two that were ejected from the vehicle did not have seat belts on and as far as we can tell, the woman in the back did not wear hers either," Brian Jeffiers said.
W.R. Castle Fire and Rescue officials say the road opened back up just before ten Monday evening.
The names of those involved haven't been released.
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