Crash at Varilla kills 2, injures several


By Debbie Caldwell - [email protected]



Reina Cunningham | Daily News A red pickup is seen on its top at Varilla Curve on Thursday.


Photo submitted This 18-wheeler coal truck was involved in a fatal crash on Thursday on U.S. 119 at Varilla Curve.


Kentucky State Police Commercial Vehicle Enforcement and other emergency personnel were still on the scene at 9 p.m. Thursday of a fatal crash at Varilla Curve in Bell County.

The crash was reported at 2:30 p.m. involving three vehicles that included a tractor and trailer coal truck.

According to information from emergency responders, the collision involved a tractor trailer, a red four-door extended cab pickup truck and a white passenger car. The pickup truck came to a final rest on its top in the middle of the roadway.

It was reported that there were three adults and one child in the pickup truck. A passerby said he assisted in removing them from the area due to a gas spill. They were taken to a hospital for treatment.

It was also reported that the tractor and trailer struck the oncoming white four-door car.

Bell County Coroner Jason Steele pronounced two people deceased in the white car. Steele said there is no positive identification on the victims at this time.

“It will be several hours until Kentucky State Police and I are able to make any positive identification due to the circumstances and condition of the vehicle involved,” Steele said.

There is no word on the condition or identity of the tractor trailer driver, nor whether he will be facing any charges for this incident. The driver of the coal truck reportedly left the scene and was heading to a hospital to seek medical treatment.

It was reported that the driver of the coal truck was located at the Harlan ARH Hospital some time later.

Police were still on the scene at press time and no other information has been released regarding this crash. As we receive more information it will be reported on our websites at www.harlandaily.com and www.middlesborodailynews.com

Brian O’Brien with The Big ONE 106.3 FM WRIL contributed to this report.

Reach Debbie Caldwell at 606.573.4510 or on Twitter @raiders42

Reina Cunningham | Daily News A red pickup is seen on its top at Varilla Curve on Thursday.
http://harlandaily.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/web1_Truck-at-fatal.jpgReina Cunningham | Daily News A red pickup is seen on its top at Varilla Curve on Thursday.

Photo submitted This 18-wheeler coal truck was involved in a fatal crash on Thursday on U.S. 119 at Varilla Curve.
http://harlandaily.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/web1_Fatal-coal-truck.jpgPhoto submitted This 18-wheeler coal truck was involved in a fatal crash on Thursday on U.S. 119 at Varilla Curve.

By Debbie Caldwell

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