Names released in fatal Laurel County crash

Published: Apr. 11, 2022 at 2:32 PM EDT
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LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. (WYMT) - Just before 2:00 p.m. Monday, the Laurel County Sheriff’s Office shared a post on Facebook that the eastbound lanes of Kentucky 80 were closed due to a fatal crash.

The crash happened just past the Little Laurel Road intersection.

According to officials reconstructing the crash, a Chevrolet Tahoe driving eastbound crossed the centerline in a slight curve and hit a Freightliner semi truck head-on.

The driver of the Tahoe, 60-year-old Joseph Gary Smith of Manchester, was pronounced dead at the scene and the passenger in the Tahoe was taken to the University of Kentucky Medical Center with critical injuries.

The driver of the Freightliner truck, 45-year-old John D. Philpot of London, was not hurt.

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