Fayette County

Lexington's first fatal crash blamed on snow, ice

The first Lexington traffic death of 2011 was attributed to snow- and ice-covered roads that caused several accidents in the northern part of the city Friday night.

The fatal wreck happened at about 10:15 p.m. on Leestown Road near the Leestown Way intersection, police said.

A 1998 Ford Ranger going east on Leestown Road lost control and crossed the center line, hitting a UPS tractor-trailer head on, Lexington police said in a news release Saturday.

A passenger in the pickup truck, who was not wearing a seat belt, was declared dead at the scene by the Fayette County coroner's office. The driver, who also was not wearing a seat belt, was taken to University of Kentucky Chandler Hospital with injuries that weren't considered life threatening, the release said.

The driver of the UPS truck tried to brake, but could not stop on the snowy roads. He was not injured.

Identities of those involved in the crash were not released. Authorities were trying to notify the husband of the victim killed, said Deputy Coroner Miles White.

Police responded to several accidents, including a pileup on New Circle Road about 2 miles away from the fatal crash.

At least seven vehicles were involved in the crashes between the Leestown Road and Georgetown Road exits. More minor collisions were reported as traffic began moving through the area. Several people were taken to the hospital.

Police Lt. Joseph Blakely said he did not have any information Saturday about the pileup.