NICHOLASVILLE — A woman died and and a man was injured Tuesday morning when a car and a utility bucket truck collided on U.S. 27 near Kohl's.
The passenger in the car was identified as Pauline Tanner, 78, of Somerset. She was pronounced dead at the University of Kentucky Hospital at 1:14 p.m., according to the Fayette County coroner's office.
The man, whose name was not released Tuesday, was taken to a Lexington hospital for treatment, Nicholasville police spokesman Scott Harvey said. His condition was not available.
The driver of the bucket truck was not hurt but was upset, Harvey said.
Shortly after 2 p.m., Nicholasville police said both southbound and northbound lanes of U.S. 27 had reopened to traffic. Southbound 27 was initially closed to traffic and only one northbound lane was open.
The collision happened about 10:45 a.m. in front of Commerce Center, a strip shopping center where Kohl's, Starbucks, Suff's Furniture and other retailers are located.
The car was southbound on U.S. 27 when the stoplight turned red, Harvey said. A car in front of the bucket truck was able to turn left from Commerce Center onto U.S. 27 before the couple's car ran the red light, Harvey said.
"The truck, with a slower take-off time and slower stopping time, was unable to stop in time to avoid the collision," Harvey said.