According to Kentucky State Police (KSP) Post 10 in Harlan County, a post dispatcher received a call at 12:36 p.m. regarding a two vehicle accident on U.S. Highway 119 near the area of Page School.
The accident report states that a 1998 Oldsmobile Eighty Eight — operated by 48-year-old Ginger Gross of Loyall, Ky.— was traveling north on 119 while a 2001 Peterbilt Tractor Trailer — operated by 40-year-old Lonnie Walden of Williamsburg, Ky.— was traveling south on 119.
Allegedly, the Oldsmobile driven by Gross crossed the centerline into the southbound lane where the front of Gross’s vehicle struck the side of the Peterbilt in the left side fuel tank. The Oldsmobile came to a final rest on the northbound shoulder of 119 and the tractor trailer ran off of the southbound shoulder, over an embankment and ultimately overturned.
Gross was reportedly ejected from her vehicle and was pronounced dead at the scene by Bell County Coroner Clyde Creech.
Walden reportedly sustained only minor injuries and was transported to Pineville Community Hospital by Bell EMS.
Assisting at the scene of the accident were: Troopers George Howard, Don Perry, Jimmy Young, Detective Josh Bunch, Bell County Rescue Squad, Bell County Volunteer Fire Department, Commercial Vehicle Enforcement and Bell County Sheriff’s Office.
The fatal crash is still under investigation by Detective Mike Cornett of Kentucky State Police Post 10 Harlan.
Sarah Miracle is a staff writer for the Daily News. She can be contacted via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.