Clark County

Coroner identifies two killed in Mountain Parkway car-ambulance crash

Police say they are unsure why a car crossed the median Monday on the Mountain Parkway and collided with an ambulance in a crash that killed two people.

The Clark County coroner identified those who died as Marshel Brian Craig, 38, and Rebecca Taulbee, 29, both of Mount Sterling.

Both were in a 2001 Nissan Maxima and died at the scene, Clark County Sheriff Berl Perdue Jr. said.

The bodies of both victims were taken Tuesday to the state medical examiner's office in Frankfort for autopsy. Clark County Coroner Robert Gayheart later said both died as a result of trauma sustained in the crash.

He said Craig, the driver of the Nissan, was a fireman with the Owingsville Fire Department.

Funeral arrangements for Craig and Taulbee are being handled by Herald & Stewart Funeral Home in Mount Sterling.

The driver and an attendant in the Owsley County ambulance were injured in the crash but are expected to survive, Perdue said. No patients were on board.

The wreck happened about 2:30 p.m. Monday near the 8-mile marker on the Mountain Parkway in Clark County. The ambulance driver was taken to Clark Regional Medical Center in Winchester; the attendant was airlifted to University of Kentucky Chandler Hospital.

According to authorities, the Nissan was traveling west when it crossed the center line, colliding head-on with the ambulance.

Perdue said one of the bodies had to be cut out of the wrecked car.

He said accident reconstruction experts were working on their accident report Tuesday morning.