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Slick roads play role in deadly Laurel County crash


LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. (WKYT) - Roads became slick and hazardous late Tuesday afternoon in Laurel County, and police say that's when they were called to Kentucky 770, near Corbin, for a deadly head-on crash.

Police say 32-year-old James Poe was driving a Jeep that collided head-on with a Tahoe. Poe's passenger was his father, 51-year-old Robert Poe, who was killed.

"It was a severe collision," Laurel County Sheriff's Deputy Gilbert Acciardo said. "A lot of damage to both vehicles. The passenger in the Jeep died on the way to the hospital."

James Poe was also taken there for serious injuries.

"He (James Poe) does have charges that he's being cited to court for. Driving on a DUI suspended license. Having no insurance and registration plates," Acciardo said.

The road was shut down for nearly two hours Tuesday while police and an accident reconstruction team investigated.

The driver of the Tahoe was not seriously injured.


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