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Three killed in Boyd County crashes

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

The first probably occurred between 4:30 and 5 a.m. on Ky. 5 near 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 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 crash 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 seat belt or if drugs and alcohol contributed to the crash.