Second victim killed in Pulaski Co. crash, 2 others injured

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PULASKI COUNTY, Ky. (WKYT) - The Pulaski County coroner says two people were killed in a crash Friday night on US 27 in Eubank.

Pulaski County deputies say two motorcycles and an SUV were involved.

"It’s one of the worst accidents I’ve seen involving a motorcycle here in quite a while," said Capt. Troy McLin with the Pulaski County Sheriff's Office.

The crash happened at about 7 p.m. at the intersection of US 27 and KY 1247.

Deputies say a white SUV crossed the road and hit the two motorcycles.

The driver of one of the bikes, James Burton, 61, was pronounced dead at the scene.

The other man driving and two women were airlifted to UK Hospital.

According to the Somerset Commonwealth Journals, one of the women, Michelle Cahill, 52, died from her injuries at the hospital.

The two other victims have been identified as Pamela Burton and Walter Hellmueller. Both are still being treated at UK Hospital. Family says both are in critical condition.

The driver of the SUV told deputies he didn't see the two motorcycles as they passed through the intersection. That driver is cooperating with deputies.

Officials say they see an uptick in crashes involving motorcycles during the summer months and they're urging drivers to take extra precautions while on the road.

"Drivers just need to watch their surroundings and motorcycles, they’re not as visible as regular vehicles, so they need to watch out for motorcyclists," said Capt. McLin.

An accident reconstruction team spent hours at the scene.

Deputies do not believe speed or alcohol were factors in the crash.

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