Man calls for guardrail on Highway 30 after coal truck overturns

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JACKSON, Ky. (WYMT)- A man is calling for protection from highway traffic near his home following a wreck that happened just feet from his front door Wednesday. There is guardrail installed on a section of Highway 30 in Breathitt County, but James Holbrook said it is not enough to protect his property.

A coal truck came around a corner hear his home and crashed on it’s side, landing about five feet from Holbrook’s house. The truck has been moved, but a pile of coal remains in his yard.

Holbrook said, "Luckily the coal truck missed us. I mean, it missed us right here, but if a four-wheeler goes over there, a car, truck, something goes through there, there's nowhere to go but through my porch and through my house."

Holbrook says he first requested a guardrail about two years ago. Thursday morning marked the second time workers from the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet came to inspect this stretch, to put it on a list for a guardrail.

H.B Elkins with the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet told us, “We evaluated the request when it came in, and it went on the list. Because of the traffic count there--fewer than 500 vehicles a day on that section of road, plus the crash history at that location, that request did not rank as high as other requests that we've had in our ten county area.”

Kentucky State Police did not report any injuries from the crash. The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet says this second inspection combined with the crash yesterday could change how this request ranks.


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