Kentucky State Police Investigate Fatal Collision
Date of News Release: 3/7/2017
MURRAY, Ky. (March 7, 2017) – On March 7, 2017, at 8:07 a.m., Kentucky State Police Post 1 responded to a report of a two vehicle collision on Highway 641 near Tobacco Road in Calloway County. Preliminary investigation has shown Tara E. Chandler, age 36, of Hazel, Kentucky was southbound on Highway 641 in a 2010 Maroon Dodge Caliber and Hershel L. Preston, age 59, of Izard, Arkansas was northbound in a 2013 Peterbilt tractor trailer. For an unknown reason, Chandler entered the northbound lane, where the two vehicles collided.
Chandler was pronounced deceased at the scene by the Calloway County Coroner. Preston was transported to Murray-Calloway County Hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries received during the collision.
Kentucky State Police were assisted at the scene by Calloway County Sheriff Department, Murray-Calloway County Ambulance, and Calloway County Fire-Rescue.
The collision is being investigated by Trooper Eric Fields, Advanced Collision Reconstructionist. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Kentucky State Police Post 1 at 270-856-3721 or anonymously at 1-800-222-5555. Citizens may also report tips anonymously through the KSP app. The app is available for iPhone, iPad and Android applications and can be easily downloaded free of charge through Apple and Google Play stores.