In March 5 Issue
South of the intersection of Ky-379 and French Valley Road Saturday this morning a single vehicle wreck claimed the life of a local driver and sent his brother to hospital.
Russell County Sheriff's Deputy Nick Bertram said Danny Chumbley, 36, of Dunville was pronounced dead at the scene by Russell County Coroner Larry Skaggs.
Bertram said that the passenger, 33-year-old William Chumbley of Russell Springs, was taken to Russell County Hospital for treatment of injuries and for hypothermia.
William Chumbley was trapped underneath the wreckage, in a water-filled ditch along the side of the highway as members of the Russell Springs Fire Department and other emergency workers first removed the driver in order to be able to cut him free of the wreckage.
Bertram said the wreck occurred just after 7:30 a.m. when Danny Chumbley lost control of the 1993 Saturn he was driving south on on Ky-379, Hales Highway.
The deputy reported that the vehicle had apparently been traveling at a high rate of speed and he cited alcohol as a possible contributing factor in the deadly wreck.
His report notes that the driver over-corrected after leaving the right side of the pavement following a curve. One of the car's wheels was ripped off by the force of leaving the road on the left side, before the Saturn struck a pole and flipped over into the ditch.
The fatal wreck was by no means the only collision in the county this past week as numerous other wrecks were reported, including the overturning of a truck.
On Monday, according to Chief Michael Keaton of the Jamestown Police Department, a Dodge van rear-ended a Ford pickup on US-127.
Keaton reported that the truck, driven by Ronnie McFall, 50, of Jamestown, was flipped onto its side by the force of the collision.
However, Keaton reported that neither McFall nor the other driver, Jason Walters, 31, of Jamestown, were injured.
Across the state eleven people died in eight separate crashes on Kentucky roadways from Monday, February 23 through Sunday, according to the Kentucky State Police.
Six of the crashes involved motor vehicles and none of those victims were wearing seat belts. The seat belt status is still pending for one crash. Single-vehicle crashes occurred in Johnson, Laurel, Russell and Todd counties. Two of these crashes involved the suspected use of alcohol.
A double-fatality crash occurred in Warren county and involved the suspected use of alcohol. Authorities with the Warren County Sheriff's Office say the vehicle was traveling westbound on Kentucky 1297 when their truck dropped off the side of the road. Both the driver and the passenger succumbed to their injuries.
A triple-fatality crash occurred on Route 460 in Johnson county when a Pepsi truck collided head on with a pick up truck. The pick up truck was fully engulfed in flames when emergency personnel arrived. One victim was thrown from the pick up truck and the other two were located inside the truck. All three victims died on the scene. The Pepsi driver was transported to a local hospital where he is recovering.
One pedestrian fatality occurred in Hardin county and an ATV fatality occurred in Breathitt county.
Through March 1, KSP reports indicate that 99 people have lost their lives on Kentucky roadways during 2009. This is six fewer than reported for the same time period in 2008. Of the 91 motor vehicle fatalities, 52 victims were not wearing seat belts. Six pedestrian have been killed. One fatality involved a motorcycle and one fatality involved an ATV. A total of twenty-six fatalities have resulted from crashes involving the suspected use of alcohol.
Citizens can contribute to highway safety by reporting erratic drivers to the Kentucky State Police toll-free at 1-800-222-5555. Callers will remain anonymous and should give a description of the vehicle, location, direction of travel and license number if possible.