Crash kills two tree-trimming workers

By: Angela Sparkman Email
By: Angela Sparkman Email

Four people have died in Pike County, alone, in the last three days.

The latest accident happened Monday morning at the intersection of U.S. 460 and highway 1499 in the Mouthcard area when two people were hit and killed by a truck.

The two workers were placing work signs along the road to warn motorists of tree trimming when the collision occurred.

The two killed in the accident were Kevin D. Jones 32 years old of 50 Turnaround Lane, Dorton, KY. and Paul Williams, 20 years old of 1023 Morgan Fork, Harold, KY.

Paint marks the path where police say a tractor trailer truck from South Carolina had mechanical problems and went across the road at the intersection of U.S. 460 and highway 1499.

Jones & Williams were on the side of the road.

“He lost control, hit both of them, took them over the hill, killed them both,” Trooper Mike Goble said.

Feds Creek Fire Department was on scene within minutes, but firemen say there was nothing they could do to save the young men.

“Debris was scattered everywhere. We did not know the fatalities until we got out of the car and started assessing the scene,” Fire Chief Gregory Cantrell said.

The truck driver was not injured.

Police say he was driving on a suspended license and no CDL.

He was arrested on scene.

Asplundh employees on the scene did not want to comment, but say they are grieving their co-workers.

Two people were also killed in a two vehicle accident Saturday afternoon on highway 122 near Shelby Valley.

Police say 18-year old Justin C. Vanover and 53-year old Douglas Hall died at the scene.

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