Kentucky State Trooper involved in deadly Whitley County crash

By: Kristen Kennedy, Phil Pendleton Email
By: Kristen Kennedy, Phil Pendleton Email
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WILLIAMSBURG, Ky. (WKYT) - We're learning more information about a deadly crash involving a Kentucky State Trooper.

The trooper's name is DeWayne Foley, described as a veteran with state police. Police say his cruiser collided with a car, driven by James King, 41, of Williamsburg. King was pronounced dead at the scene. He leaves behind a wife and three children.

Police say Foley was responding to a crash at the intersection of Highway 90 and Highway 25 near Williamsburg, and King's Camaro collided with the officer's cruiser on US 25-W at the Bray's Chapel Road intersection around 3 p.m. Wednesday.

We're told the trooper was trying to get around slow traffic, and pulled into the southbound lane when the Camaro pulled out in front of him.

"The trooper had his emergency equipment activated. As he's traveling northbound he approaches slow or stopped traffic. As he's traveling northbound he gets over into the southbound lane to pass the slower traffic," Kentucky State Police Trooper Lloyd Cochran said.

The coroner says King died at the scene, and Foley was taken to a local hospital for injuries. They say his injuries are not life-threatening, but he will be off for an unknown amount of time, due to his injuries.

Police tell us the trooper involved in the crash is a veteran of the force, and had been a state trooper for more than five years.


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