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UPDATE: Estill Co. crash kills two, injures one

By: Tim Johnston Email
By: Tim Johnston Email
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ESTILL COUNTY, Ky. (WKYT) - It was a Sunday afternoon unlike any other for Dana Cole, who was working in Irvine for the day.

"I was just standing out here cleaning and I heard tires squealing so, of course, I turn around," she recalled seeing an SUV swerve to avoid a car waiting to turn into the gas station parking lot off of KY-52.

"I thought 'Man that was almost really bad, she saved that.' Then boom."

Orange arrows map out the path driven by 18-year-old Shelby Harrison in her Dodge Durango. The markings showed her going from the right shoulder, across the center line, and into an oncoming Chevrolet Equinox.

"It was probably ten or 15 feet from me," described Cole of the head-on crash, "the sound of the impact and stuff flying everywhere scared me a little."

The gas station, Rose's Cash and Carry, said they have surveillance cameras that caught the whole crash on video, we're not able to show you that at this time, but the store said police are reviewing it.

"It all happened so fast," said Cole, who remembers Harrison getting out of her SUV screaming. In the other SUV Cole found 50-year-old William Neal and 75-year-old Ronald Whittaker.

"Both of the passengers were kind of slumped over and I tried to open the doors. All four doors were locked and I couldn't get in or anything," said the witness.

Kentucky State Police say Neal was pronounced dead at the scene, and Whittaker died later at the hospital.

"I've never seen anything like that before in my life. I was very shaky and it made me a little sick to my stomach," added Cole.

Police went on to say that Harrison was treated for a broken collarbone and even after all of the damage, investigators said 20-year-old Justin Colton, who was also in the Durango, walked away without any injuries. KSP reported that it appeared all of the people in both cars were wearing their seat belts.

The crash happened at 12:19 and kept the road closed off four several hours as police worked to clear the scene.


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