Kentucky

Three people killed in Wayne County wreck

Three people were killed Saturday night in an automobile accident when the driver of a pickup truck lost control on rain-slick pavement in Wayne County, crossed the center line and slammed head-on into their car.

Pronounced dead at the scene were Ryan C. Bell, 19, driver of a Pontiac Grand Am, and passengers Joshua W. Thompson, 31, and his wife, Kayla M. Thompson, 27. All were from Monticello.

Driver of the pickup, a Ford F250, was Stanley David Carr of Somerset.

Officer Greg Reams with the Kentucky State Police said Carr was traveling east on Ky. 90 where the road widens to three lanes going up a hill. As Carr started to pass another vehicle, he lost control of his truck on slick pavement, crossed the center line and struck the car, which was traveling west, head on.

Both vehicles ended up against a rock wall, in the ditch, in the westbound lane, said Reams, a KSP accident reconstructionist.

Jaws of Life were required to remove the three bodies from the Grand Am. Carr was taken to the Wayne County County and from there to the University of Kentucky hospital.

Alcohol, drugs or speed are not considered factors in the fatal accident, Reams said, but rather a wet roadway. The accident remains under investigation.

Bell was not wearing a seat belt, but Carr was.

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