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Kentucky State Police Trooper Brandon Burton and Harlan County Deputy Coroner Jim Rich conduct their investigation at the crash scene.
Kentucky State Police Trooper Brandon Burton and Harlan County Deputy Coroner Jim Rich conduct their investigation at the crash scene.
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Kentucky State Police say an 18-year-old Bledsoe man died Saturday in a one-vehicle crash on U.S. 421 on Pine Mountain. Another teen was injured in the crash


Cody Fultz, a Harlan County High School senior, died in the fiery crash less than 24 hours before he was scheduled to graduate.


Kentucky State Police Public Affairs Officer Shane Jacobs said in a press release issued late Saturday night that Trooper Brandon Burton responded to the crash scene at 5:43 p.m. and found the rear of the vehicle on fire with the driver trapped inside. Burton utilized a fire extinguisher and requested assistance from the Bledsoe Fire Department to assist with controlling the fire.


Police said the preliminary investigation indicated that Fultz rounded a curve and lost control, struck a boulder, the vehicle rolled and turned 180 degrees and struck a tree.


Fultz was pronounced dead at the scene by Harlan County Deputy Coroner Jim Rich, Jacobs said.


A passenger in the vehicle, Bradley Lloyd, also scheduled to graduate on Sunday, was taken to Harlan ARH Hospital by Harlan EMS. He was treated and released.


Fultz was a former member of the Bledsoe Fire Department, which responded to the crash.


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