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Man killed in Rowan County motorcycle accident

By: Jordan Vilines Email
By: Jordan Vilines Email

MOREHEAD, Ky. (WKYT/WYMT) - On Saturday evening, a particular stretch of road on US-60 West nicknamed by some as "dead man's curve" unfortunately upheld its reputation.

One Kentucky man was killed around 5:30 p.m. after being involved in a motorcycle accident on a dangerous stretch of road in Rowan County.

Just hours after the crash, WKYT talked with a man who lives on the road where the fatal accident happened. He said he's seen dozens of wrecks on that same stretch.

“There have been a couple wrecks where people get hurt and stuff and people just need to slow down on that curve there,” said Randy Fergeson, who lives just a few yards from where the fatal accident took place.

State police say 36-year-old Jonathan Elam was riding a motorcycle down US-60 West when he lost control, crossed the center line, struck the guardrail and came to a final rest on the eastbound shoulder.

The Rowan County Coroner pronounced Elam dead at the scene.

Folks living in the Farmers community of Rowan County say that curve is especially dangerous and they say Saturday’s wreck was just one of many that have happened in recent years.

“I’ve been here six years and I've seen almost a good three or four dozen wrecks,” Fergeson told us.

Fergeson says Saturday’s wet weather may have played a part in the fatal crash but he also says that the curve is dangerous regardless of the rain.

Ferguson believes Saturday’s fatal crash could have been avoided if the Elam knew that a sharp curve was ahead.

“They don’t have any flashing lights down there and if you don’t know that curve then you’re eventually going to wreck.”

Fergeson hopes this crash will prompt someone to put caution signs around that curve to prevent any future fatal wrecks.

Kentucky State Police are investigating Saturday's crash.

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