Scott County

Police report details how two garbage trucks crashed, killing third driver

A fatal accident involving two garbage trucks has raised concerns over traffic on U.S. 25 to the Central Kentucky Landfill.
A fatal accident involving two garbage trucks has raised concerns over traffic on U.S. 25 to the Central Kentucky Landfill.

A city garbage truck driver who lost control of his vehicle was the catalyst for a fatal accident last week on U.S. 25, according to a preliminary report from the Scott County Sheriff’s Department.

Brandon Harris was driving north in a 2015 Mack sanitation truck owned by Georgetown Public Works when he lost control and over-corrected. The truck swerved in front of a 2003 Peterbilt garbage truck owned by Central Kentucky Landfill and Hauling, the report states. That truck driven by Ora Blankenship, who was heading south.

According to the report, Blankenship tried to avoid the truck, but the two collided nearly head-on. The Georgetown truck then collided with a Chevy Malibu driven by Kim Smith of Georgetown. The car then plowed into a wooden fence along the roadside.

Smith died at the scene. The accident happened shortly before noon. The accident report says the weather was bright and sunny, and the road was dry and clear.

Neighbors in Mallard Point and other neighborhoods along that two-lane stretch of U.S. 25 have raised concerns about the number of large garbage trucks heading toward the landfill.

Mayor Tom Prather said the city sends about 10 trucks a day to the landfill. He said Fayette County, which switched to using the Scott County landfill in 2015, sends about 40 trucks to the landfill each day.

The investigation remains open.

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