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KSP Investigates Fatal Crash in Letcher County
Collision claims life of a child

Date of News Release: 7/31/2017

Ermine, Ky. (July 27, 2017) – A three vehicle collision claimed the life of a child in Letcher County Thursday afternoon. Kentucky State Police Post 13 in Hazard received a call of a multi-vehicle collision on US 119 in the Ermine community, at 12:40 p.m. Trooper Adam Hall responded to the scene, along with Letcher County Sheriff’s Department, Neon Ambulance and members of Mayking and Whitesburg Fire Departments.

The initial investigation of the crash determined that Ray Bowen, age 68 of Thornton, was operating a 2002 Dodge Ram pick-up on US 119 North when he collided with a 2015 Chevrolet driven by 35 year old Katie Hall of Whitesburg. The Chevrolet, which had stopped in the northbound lane to make a left turn to the Golden Apple Fruit Market, was forced into the southbound lane of US 119. The car collided with a 2007 Peterbilt tractor and trailer which was operated by 58 year old Gary Miniard of Hazard. Katie Hall was transported to Pikeville Medical Center for treatment of apparent non-life threatening injuries. Three child passengers in her car were also transported from the scene for medical treatment. One of those children, an 8 year old female, died as a result of injuries sustained in the crash. Letcher County Coroner Renee Campbell pronounced the child deceased at the Whitesburg ARH. A 4 year old boy was transported to Pikeville Medical Center for non- life threatening injuries, and a 14 year old female was sent to Holston Valley Medical Center where she is listed in critical condition. Bowen and Miniard were not injured.

Impairment is not suspected as a factor in this collision at this time. All drivers involved submitted to chemical tests, which is standard procedure in the investigation of a fatal crash. Wet road conditions, due to recent heavy rain in the area is believed to have been a factor in the collision. Trooper Scott Caudill with KSP Posts 13 and Officer Brad Bond with CVE Region 6 are conducting this crash investigation.