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KSP Investigating Two Vehicle Fatal Collision

Date of News Release: 10/04/2016

ISLAND, KY. (October 4, 2016) - Kentucky State Police troopers responded to a two vehicle collision involving two fatalities on US 431 about 1.5 miles south of Island (McLean County). This location is just north of the Muhlenberg County line, inside McLean County.

The preliminary investigation revealed that around 6:40 this morning, Jose C. Ojeda-Solis, 41 of Hartford, KY was travelling northbound on US 431 in his 1999 Toyota Camry. Chris Stewart, 36 ofCentral City, KY was also on US 431 traveling southbound in his 2016 Hyundai Sonata. Ojeda-Solis was in the process of passing another northbound vehicle when he struck Stewart head-on in the southbound lane. Both vehicles left the roadway and at final rest were in located off the shoulder of US 431.

Ojeda-Solis was pronounced dead on-scene by McLean County Deputy Coroner Lee Muster. Stewart was transported by Muhlenberg County EMS to Owensboro Health. The extent of his injuries are considered serious. Patrick Baxter, 23 of Central City, KY was a passenger in Stewarts vehicle. Baxter was also pronounced dead on-scene by Deputy Coroner Lee Muster. Both decedents have been transported to the Madisonville Medical Examiner's Office for further investigation.

At this point in the investigation, it is unknown if drugs, alcohol or speed is a contributing factor. It's also unknown if seatbelts were utilized. However, at the time of the collision, fog may have contributed to lower visibility for motorists traveling that particular section of US 431.

Both lanes were impacted for over four hours as emergency crews and KSP reconstructionists worked to clear the collision scene.

The investigation is on-going by KSP Detective Chris Baker.

Assisting agencies: Kentucky State Police troopers; McLean County Sheriff's Department; Muhlenberg County Sheriff's Department; McLean County Fire and Rescue; Central City Fire; Island Vol. Fire; Bremen Vol Fire; Muhlenberg County EMS and McLean County EMS.

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