Kentucky State Police Post 10 in Harlan is investigating a two-vehicle collision that has claimed the life of a Cawood man. The crash occurred on U.S. 421 in the Neff community of Harlan County shortly after 5:30 p.m. Thursday.
According to a KSP press release, Rostin Bray Jr., 68, was sitting on the southbound shoulder of U.S. 421. Ronnie Madewell, 64, of Harlan was operating a 1999 Dodge Truck, also traveling south on U.S. 421. Bray attempted to make a U-turn across 421 to go back northbound, when he turned into the path of the truck. The 2000 Ford Taurus driven by Bray was struck in the driver’s side. Both vehicles came to rest on the southbound shoulder.
The release also states, Ronnie Madewell was uninjured, however a passenger in his vehicle, Hobert Madewell, 58, of Harlan, Bray and his passenger, Brian Green, 44, also of Cawood, were all transported to Harlan ARH Hospital by EMS personnel. Bray was pronounced dead in the Emergency Room. The condition of Hobert Madewell and Green were unavailable.
Traffic was stop and go for nearly three hours as KSP Collision Reconstructionist, Master Trooper Michael H. Cornett reconstructed the scene. At this time the investigation is ongoing. Cornett was assisted on scene by troopers Taylor Mills, Andy Soltess and Rodney Sturgill and KSP Sgt. Danny Caudill. Johnson’s Life-Care EMS and Harlan EMS also assisted at the scene.
Cornett is in charge of this investigation.