Pulaski coroner identifies 30-year-old victim killed when car struck turning tractor-trailer

jwarren@herald-leader.comMarch 12, 2014 

A 30-year-old Somerset woman died early Wednesday morning when her car collided with a stopped tractor-trailer rig in Pulaski County, authorities said.

Megan E. Williams was pronounced dead at the scene, according to Pulaski County Coroner Charles Goodbey.

The crash occurred just after 12:30 a.m. on Ky. 39 a few miles north of Somerset.

Goodbey said the truck driver had trouble making a sharp turn onto Ky. 39 from a narrow back road.

The coroner said one wheel of the truck dropped into a ditch and part of the truck was squeezed up against a power pole, with the vehicle partially blocking Ky. 39.

Williams, who was driving on Ky. 39, crashed into the stalled truck moments later, officials said.

Goodbey said the truck driver flashed his headlights as a warning, but Williams may not have seen them. The truck was pointed in the opposite direction, he said.

From preliminary indications, Williams apparently made no attempt to brake before crashing into the truck's trailer, according to the coroner.

The victim died of blunt force trauma, although an autopsy was scheduled, he said.

The truck driver may have been on the back road because he was lost, according to Goodbey. The driver was not seriously injured.

The crash remains under investigation.

Jim Warren: (859) 231-3255.

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