Driver charged after truck strikes, kills two men working beside the road

Two employees of a tree-trimming company were killed Monday in Pike County when a tractor-trailer went out of control and hit them as they worked beside the road, state police said.

Paul Williamson, 20, of Harold and Kevin D. Jones, 32, of Dorton died at the scene of the wreck, Trooper Mike Goble said.

Police charged the driver of the truck, Arthur Davis of Blackwood, S.C., with not having a valid driver's license, not having a commercial driver's license, having a radar detector in a commercial vehicle and not updating the log of his work hours, Goble said.

The commonwealth's attorney will decide whether to seek additional charges against Davis, Goble said.

The wreck happened about 8:30 a.m. Monday at Mouthcard, in far eastern Pike County.

Davis, who was hauling a load of equipment, told police that as he came down a hill on U.S. 460 toward an intersection with Ky. 1499, he couldn't stop his truck, Goble said.

Davis, 44, said he was unfamiliar with the road, Goble said.

Davis tried to turn left at the intersection to avoid hitting an auto-parts store and other buildings that were straight ahead, but he lost control and ran off the road, hitting the workers, Goble said.

Williamson and Jones were beside the road, putting up signs to caution drivers about tree-trimming work in the area, Goble said.

Davis was hurt in the wreck, but his injuries were not life-threatening. He was in custody Monday afternoon, Goble said.

Goble said Davis owned his truck and was an independent driver.