Three men who were riding in the bed of a pickup truck in Breathitt County were killed in a wreck Wednesday night, and the driver has been charged with murder. Two other men were injured in the crash, state police said.
State police said Shawn Hardin, 19, of Jackson was driving under the influence. Hardin was driving a Ford Ranger pickup truck north on Ky. 3193 when the truck swerved across the road and went into a ditch, according to a news release. Hardin apparently overcorrected, and the truck flipped. It went into a yard and came to a stop against a house about 9:20 p.m.
Pearl Armstrong, 19, Jonathan Campbell, 24, and Adam Fugate, 31, all of Jackson, were riding in the bed of the truck and were thrown out during the crash. They died at the scene, state police said.
Joshua Thorpe, 20, of Jackson, who also was riding in the back of the truck, was flown to University of Kentucky Chandler Hospital, where he was listed in critical condition Thursday night.
Marcus Jones, 25, of Campton, who was riding in the cab, was taken to UK Hospital but had been released by Thursday night.
Hardin was arrested and taken to Three Forks Regional Jail. He is charged with three counts of murder, two counts of first-degree assault and one count of driving under the influence, first offense.