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KSP Investigate Fatal Collision on US 431 in Muhlenberg County

Date of News Release: 9/25/2017

Cleaton, KY. (Muhlenberg County) On Sunday, September 24, 2017, at approximately 1:01 p.m., Kentucky State Police Troopers responded to a two vehicle injury accident on US 431 at the Cleaton “Cutt-Off” Road intersection.

Through the collision investigation it was determined that 31 year old Amanda Travis of Central City, was traveling northbound on US 431. Travis was operating a gold 2006 Jeep Compass when she approached the intersection at Cleaton Road. As Travis approached the intersection, a red 2005 Ford Focus pulled in front of her attempting to cross both lanes of US-431traveling towards Greenville. The Ford Focus was operated by 79 year old Christine Dennison of Central City, KY.

Travis was unable to avoid a collision with Dennison and struck Dennison’s vehicle in the driver-side door.

Dennison was belted and succumbed to her injuries. She was pronounced deceased at the scene of the accident by Muhlenberg County Deputy Coroner Larry Vincent. Travis was not belted and sustained injures that resulted in her being air lifted by PHI Air Medical to St. Vincent’s Medical Center in Evansville, Indiana.

Trooper Justin Cornett is carrying the investigation and was assisted by Trooper Brian Graves, Kentucky State Police Sergeant Jon McGehee, Central City Fire Department, PHI Air Medical, Muhlenberg County EMS, Muhlenberg County Sheriff’s Office, Harvey’s Family Towing and J&D’s Towing.

Trooper Ben Sawyers is investigating the collision and was assisted at the scene by the Crittenden County EMS, Mattoon Volunteer Fire Department and the Crittenden County Sheriff Department.

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