A Big Laurel woman lost her life in a two-vehicle crash on U.S. 421 at Bledsoe on Thursday.
According to information from the Kentucky State Police Commercial Vehicle Enforcement division, KSP Post 10 in Harlan received the call regarding the crash at 12:12 p.m. involving a passenger car and 18-wheeler coal truck that was loaded.
According to police, a preliminary investigation indicates a 2007 Chevrolet Aveo, operated by Amanda N. Bradford, 32, was traveling north on U.S. 421 when her vehicle crossed the centerline and struck an 18-wheeler coal truck head-on.
The truck was traveling in the southbound lane, and belonged to H & N Trucking. It was operated by Billy D. Smith, 46.
Bradford was pronounced deceased at the scene by Harlan County Deputy Coroner Jim Rich.
The Harlan County Rescue Squad was dispatched to the scene due to the report of entrapment. The squad members used hydraulic tools to remove a door to be able to remove Bradford’s body from the vehicle.
Police said no other occupants were in the passenger vehicle, and she was wearing a seat belt. Alcohol is not believed to be a contributing factor in the crash.
The crash was investigated by CVE Officer Jason Freeman, with the assistance of CVE Accident Reconstructionist Sgt. Randy Honeycutt.
Assisting at the scene were CVE Officer Toby Curry; KSP Sgt. Rob Farley and Troopers James Earl Hensley and Jimmy Halcomb; the Harlan County Rescue Squad and the Bledsoe Fire and Rescue Department; Harlan EMS; as well as Longworth’s and Clay Tolliver’s wrecker services.
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