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KSP Post 1 investigating multi-vehicle fatality collision

Update: Preliminary autopsy results indicate Mr. Smith died as a result of natural causes prior to the collision. - SR. TPR JODY CASH
Collisions involve 5 vehicles, including a gas pump where a KSP cruiser was being refueled,and three other vehicles. Driver of 209 Buick Enclave pronounced dead at the scene by Carlisle County Coroner
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By Senior Trooper Jody Cash, Public Information Officer
KSP Post 1, Mayfield, KY

BARDWELL, KY (Wed 4 Oct 2017) - The Kentucky State Police are investigating a collision that occurred at approximately 4:30pmCT, on October 3, 2017. The collision, which occurred on Highway 51 near the 600 block of Elm Street in Bardwell, involved five vehicles including a state police cruiser.

Immediately prior to the collision, Kenneth Smith was driving a 2009 Buick Enclave south on Highway 51 when, for unknown reasons, he struck three other vehicles as well as other objects. One of those objects, a gas pump, then struck a state police cruiser which was being refueled. Mr. Smith's vehicle then struck a large pole in the Dollar General Store parking lot.

Kenneth B. Smith, age 58, of Paducah, Kentucky, was pronounced dead at the scene by the Carlisle County Coroner. An autopsy of Mr. Smith is scheduled today.

The operator of one of the other vehicles, Kenneth W. Underwood, age 71, of Bardwell, Kentucky was transported by ambulance to Lourdes Hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries.

The investigation is continuing by Trooper Paul Hale. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Kentucky State Police Post 1 at 270-856-3721 or anonymously at 1-800-222-5555.

This story was posted on 2017-10-04 11:21:53
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