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Three die in Boyd crashes

Three people died early Thursday in two separate crashes in Boyd County.

The first likely occurred sometime between 4:30 a.m. and 5 a.m. on Ky. 5 near the intersection with Meadowbrook Lane, said Mark Hammond, Boyd County deputy coroner.

Driver Jason Nichols, 28, and passenger Brandi Blevins, 29, both of Greenup County, were killed when their vehicle left the road at a curve and went into a 15-foot culvert, Hammond said. The exact time of the crash is not known. A passerby noticed the vehicle around 7 a.m., Hammond said.

Nichols was not wearing a seat belt, but Blevins was, Hammond said. Drugs and alcohol did not appear to be a factor, he said.

The second occurred about 5:45 a.m. in Ashland when a red Jeep struck a floodwall on 29th Street, according to Ashland police. The driver, Christopher Owen Sidell, 48, of Ashland died at the scene. It is not known if he was wearing a seatbelt or if drugs and alcohol contributed to the crash.