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UPDATE: Three dead after traffic accident in Pike County

By: Whitney Burks Email
By: Whitney Burks Email
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The accident happened on Highway 119 near Belfry.

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BELFRY, Ky. (WYMT) - UPDATE 5:51 p.m.:

A crash in Pike County Thursday morning leaves three people dead and one recovering.

It happened around 9:30.

"She apparently lost control. She left the northbound lanes of travel. She crossed a level median area here that's on an upgrade then traveled into the southbound lanes," said Kentucky State Police Trooper Bryan Layne.

A white Kia car spun out of control on 119 in Belfry right into oncoming traffic.

"After losing control in the northbound lanes she came across in a broadside manner and made contact with a Toyota Tundra," said Trooper Layne.

Mike Drumheller witnessed the accident and says after the white car was hit it came to a rest in a ditch.

He says after he called 911 he ran across the street to check on the people in that car.

When I got there we knew that the two of them up front was in bad bad shape. The one in the back was breathing but other than that it was over at the time of impact," said Drumheller.

Two of the people in the car died at the scene, 25-year-old Teshia Henry of Prestonsburg and 43-year-old Howard Ravin of Salyersville. The third person in the car, 48-year-old Bambi Davis of Salyersville, died at the hospital.

The driver of the truck, Steven Douglas Viars II of West Virginia, was also taken to the hospital but is expected to recover.

"I've seen it before, and I don't like it but you know it's just at this place at the right time to happen," said Drumheller.

Police say a combination of speeding, wet roads and worn tires was likely the cause.

Kentucky State Police are investigating.

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ORIGINAL STORY:

Three people are now dead after a traffic accident in Pike County.

Kentucky State Police officials confirmed that information on Thursday.

The accident happened on Highway 119 near the Belfry area.

We have a crew on the scene and will provide information as it becomes available.


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