Columbia, KY (February 2, 2021) Kentucky State Police Post 15 received a call from Adair county dispatch this morning at approximately 00:45 in regards to a fatal collision that had occurred seven miles east of Columbia on the Louie B. Nunn Cumberland Parkway at the 56 mile marker. Preliminary investigations indicate that Abel Vargas, age 21 of Russell Springs, KY was operating a 2003 Nissan pickup westbound on the Parkway when he lost control due to slick road conditions. Vargas’ vehicle travelled through the median and overturned in the middle of the eastbound lane. Howard Carpenter, age 47 of Russell Springs, KY was operating a 2017 Nissan Rogue east bound and was unable to avoid the collision and struck the overturned Nissan pickup. A passenger in Vargas’s vehicle, Alejandro Diaz, age 20 of Middleburg, KY was able to exit the vehicle and was standing in the roadway when a 2021 freightliner semi operated by Allen McDaniel age 49 of Mclean, TX approached the scene and was unable to stop, striking Diaz and the Nissan Rogue. Carpenter was airlifted to the University of Louisville Hospital with serious injuries. Diaz was pronounced deceased at the scene by the Adair county Coroner. McDaniel and his passenger, Vallerie McDaniel, age 48 were not injured. This incident remains under investigation by Sergeant Adam Likins. Other KSP personnel, Adair County Sheriff’s Department, Adair County EMS, Adair County Coroner’s office and Air Evac Lifeteam assisted at the scene.
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