Child Killed In Accident Involving Coal Truck

A child is dead after a horrific accident in southern Kentucky on Thursday afternoon.

It happened just before one in the afternoon, south of Somerset on the 914 by-pass. That stretch of road at the New Murphy intersection was closed for hours.

The coroner identified the victim as nine-year-old Chastity Weston.

Investigators say her mother was trying to turn but didn't see a coal truck headed in her direction. The coal truck hit the car on the passenger side.

The coroner believes Weston died instantly. Her mother was taken to a hospital with serious injuries.


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  • by MICHELLE IPOX Location: CINCINNATI, OHIO on Jun 1, 2009 at 07:43 AM
    don't forget you have a daughter here too, she misses, that was her sister too. we still live in the same place. she would like some pictures of them two together. she says she loves you and hopes to hear from you.
  • by hayley ipox Location: cincinnati on May 29, 2009 at 08:40 AM
    nobody feel bad that was the best sister in the world!!!
  • by Rick Weston Location: Somerset on Jun 23, 2008 at 03:57 AM
    To those who dont know, the "father"of CHASSIE, "me" had costudy of her since she was 4yrs old, a few months after me and her mother seperated.We are now divorced.Although I dont blame her for the wreck, she has a warrant for no insurance. Yet the Trucker and his company has not even a citation for their fault in this horrible crash which was 100% avoidable, and preventable.If he would have left 26,000 pounds earlier at the yard, he wouldnt have been there at that intercection at that time! Or if he would not have worked OVER his state allowed time, he wouldnt have been there.OVERWEIGHT trucks, and OVERWORKED truckers KILL OUR KIDS!!! Those are the facts, and it doesnt get more true than that. With all that said, I do feel sorry for the truck driver for not having the nerve to stand up to his employer and DEMAND the right things be done.For that accident and for the future!! For all our sakes.The compant still hasnt contacted me to settle, let alone a CHEAP apology.I do pray for him....
  • by Rick Weston Location: Somerset on Jun 23, 2008 at 03:40 AM
    Thank you to all whom offered prayers and those who knew my lil baby girl "Chassie". As an update, the coal trucks and in particular the same company who killed my daughter is still driving overweight with ZERO punishment.I have ALL the info on the accident and the trucker was 26,000lbs overweight and yet has yet to recieve even a simple citation...let alone being properlly charged.I am truely shocked at how many lives these coal haulers have taken and the lack of media attention.To the "anonumous" responder who claims to be the truckers daughter...please ask him to do the right thing for MY family,MY daughter and contact me "THE FATHER" of Chassie.If he is honest as you say then he will provide a true and accurate statement about his "overweight" and his companie's policy about driving overweight and why with all that money they make they REFUSE to provide scales to weigh the trucks before they endanger OUR lives???? he may reach me at (edited).I dont expect to hear from him.
  • by Rick Location: Weston on Mar 15, 2008 at 03:01 AM
    Furthermore there is many reasons why that truck shouldnthave been ob the road,but they are granted more freedom because of the money they have and they know we need the coal.Its NOT fair and as time goes on I find out more and more how crooked and unfair they are treated.I cant get MY baby back and depend on prayer and public support to get me through this.Another shocker is..the accident is horribily wrong, on purpose?, im not sure but its bad.I do believe the mother made a mistake, but so did the driver and the trucking company yet the REFUSE to admit it, nor apologise, or help me with funeral costs.* months later and my baby still has no Headstone, think they have remorse to help??...NO they DONT.I have lived in Somerset for a lil over 11yrs and these coal trucks have killed several people and if we dont stop them, you,me,or your kids or family will be next.Its taken me over 30 minutes to write these posts due to me crying.I NEED your (the publics) help PLEASE.Contact the Govener!!!
  • by Anonymous Location: Georgia on Jun 29, 2007 at 04:20 PM
    I agree with the person that said that the truck driver was a honest and hardworking husband and father. He is not a person that would do something to someone to hurt them intentionly. This man would happen to be my father, so trust me when I say this. He has been threw way to much between me and my younger sister, so I wish people could just find out the facts about the situation before they start judging and pointing fingers. It would mean alot to me, his wife, and the rest of the family. If he knew someone was blaming him for the accident, it would tear him to pieces. He's having a hard enough time dealing with the wreck and the loss of the little girl's life, and I think judging him and blaming him has gone to far. If you knew this man like I did, Im almost positive you would say the same.
  • by Anonymous Location: Anonymous on Jun 29, 2007 at 04:15 PM
    I agree with the person who mentioned the truck driver being a hard working man and father. I would know so...considering he is my dad. I love him more than anything and I wish people would considering finding out everything before they judge and point fingers. My dad has been through alot with me, and my younger sister...He is not the type to hurt someone intentionally. He is a very kind hearted man and would go out of his way to make sure someone else is happy. If he knew people were blaming him, it would break his heart. So please, do me, his wife, and the rest of the family a favor and dont judge him before you know him or the facts about the accident.
  • by Ken Location: Whitesburg on Jun 24, 2007 at 06:26 PM
    I would be more inclined to defend the KVE had they not followed Governor Patton's orders to look the other way on coal truck weights starting years ago and were taking a proactive role in lowering gross coal truck weights from the current 120,000 pounds - plus a 5% additional "variance," if you can believe that, making a total of 126,000 pounds - as well as a reasonable rear underride protection standard and enforcing the rear conspicuity regulations that are already in effect. their failure to do these things have caused over four dozen deaths in recent years, including a young couple and a fetus just a few days ago.
  • by Diana Location: Somerset on Jun 24, 2007 at 07:24 AM
    The cross you show in the artical is my father Joseph Ping. This did not Happen with a coal truck. This road needed a Traffic light a long time ago. My father is really missed by his family.
  • by james Location: here on Jun 24, 2007 at 06:20 AM
    everyone blames the driver for the accident but if the mother didnt look before she turned then I blame the mother they both just happen to be at the wrong place at the wrong time
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