The driver of the 18-wheeler coal truck was arrested Thursday night involved in a fatal crash on U.S. 119 in Varilla Curve.
According to a press release from the Kentucky State Police Commercial Vehicle Enforcement, around 2:30 p.m. on March 24, officers responded to a three-vehicle fatal crash in Bell County.
CVE Public Affairs Officer Steven Douglas said upon arrival and through investigation, officers found a 2012 Peterbilt tractor trailer operated by 42-year-old Anthony W. Brewer of Pennington Gap, Virginia, was traveling north on U.S. 119 when he crossed the centerline, sideswiping a 1996 red Ford pickup truck being operated by 47-year-old Tony Hatfield of Pineville, causing it to overturn.
It was reported that there were three adults and one child in the red 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.
Douglas said the force sent Brewer’s coal truck a short distance striking a 2013 Nissan Maxima being operated by 31-year-old Lavondia G. Hensley of Coldiron. Hensley along with her passenger 64-year-old James Miracle of New Tazewell, Tennessee, were pronounced dead on the scene by Bell County Coroner Jason Steele.
“Brewer left the scene of the accident and was later located at Harlan ARH Hospital in Harlan County,” Douglas said. “Blood samples were obtained and Brewer was arrested and lodged in the Bell County Detention Center on charges of leaving the scene of an accident and operating on suspended/revoked Commercial Driver’s License.”
Brewer was also served an outstanding bench warrant by CVE Officer Jason Freeman. The Bell County Detention Center website shows an additional charge of operating a motor vehicle on a suspended driver’s license.
Douglas said Lemar Trucking Company Inc. is the owner of the coal truck.
According to the company’s business listing, the truck is owned by Vernon Lemar. The company address is on Morris Lane in Harlan, and the company has been in business since 1991.
Assisting on scene were CVE Sgt. Randy Honeycutt, CVE Officer Jerry Jones, Troopers from Post 10-Harlan, Bell County Sheriff’s Department, Bell County EMS, Bell County Rescue Squad, Bell County Volunteer Fire Department.
The crash remains under investigation by Freeman.
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