Three people are dead after a three-vehicle wreck on U.S. Hwy. 119 in the Calvin community of Bell County.
According to a news release from Kentucky State Police Post 10 Harlan, at approximately 5:15 p.m. Oct. 12 Tpr. George Howard was traveling west on Hwy. 119 when he came upon a two-vehicle collision.
The release states that the preliminary investigation indicates that a 2010 white Toyota Camry was traveling north on Hwy. 119 toward Harlan when a 2008 silver Toyota Rav-4 that was traveling south toward Pineville allegedly crossed the center line and struck the Camry head-on.
The operator of the Camry, William Hampton, 51, of Calvin, and his wife, Dena Hampton, 53, also of Calvin, both were pronounced deceased at the scene by the Bell County Coroner. The operator of the Toyota Rav-4, Bobby Miller, 51, of Loyall, was also pronounced deceased at the scene by the Bell County Coroner.
After the head-on collision, a 1993 Cadillac tried to avoid the collision by dropping off the shoulder of the road and then struck the guardrail. No one was injured in that vehicle.
Bell Central School Principal Jennifer Wilder Blankenship told The Big One 106.3 WRIL that Dena Hampton taught third grade for several years and then retired, but continued to substitute teach for the school.
“Dena had returned to the school full-time and was teaching fifth- through seventh- grade language arts,” Blankenship said, adding, “Dena Hampton was loved by everyone.”
The KSP release states that at this time, the use of drugs and alcohol are pending investigation. Both operators were wearing seat belts at the time of the collision. Dena Hampton was not wearing a seat belt at the time of the collision, according to KSP.
The collision is still under investigation by Master Trooper Michael Cornett. Also assisting at the scene were other troopers from Post 10, Bell County Sheriff’s Department, Bell County Rescue Squad, Bell County EMS, Bell County Volunteer Fire Department and the Bell County Coroner’s Office.
The highway was shut down for approximately five hours and traffic was detoured onto Hwy. 987 at Laurel Hill. The highway is open at this time.
We will have more information as it becomes available.
Some information for this article from The Big One 106.3 WRIL.