Commonwealth Journal

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November 19, 2013

Science Hill man perishes in crash on U.S. 27 exit ramp

Somerset — A Pulaski County man passed away after his car collided with a logging truck north of Somerset.

Roger L. Woods, age 63, of Science Hill, was pronounced dead Tuesday afternoon at the scene of the accident by Pulaski County Coroner Chuck Godbey.

The accident happened at around 2:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Cumberland Parkway exit to North U.S. 27 between Somerset and Science Hill. According to information gathered on the scene by the Somerset Police Department, Woods’ Hyundai Accent collided with a 1994 Ford truck driven by Jeffrey Stevens, 50, of Tateville, which was loaded down with logs.

Both vehicles were westbound and approaching the on-ramp to North U.S. 27 when Woods’ vehicle collided with the back right end of Stevens’ truck.

Capt. Shannon Smith, with SPD, said the reasons behind the collision are still under investigation.

“We just don’t know,” said Smith. “That’s one of the things we will strive to answer.”

Smith said there didn’t appear to be any skid marks at the accident site that would show either vehicle braked before impact, and he said the debris field left from the collision suggests the log truck wasn’t stopped when Wood’s vehicle hit the truck.

Smith said the lack of witnesses on the scene will make it difficult to determine exactly what led to the collision.

“It’s very much a possibility we could never know,” said Smith. “The people in the (logging) truck may not have seen anything pre-impact that would shed light on why (Woods) struck the truck.”

Godbey said Woods most likely died from blunt force trauma injuries after the logs from the log truck entered the interior of the Hyundai.

Godbey said Woods was probably killed instantly in the impact.

Stevens and his passenger in the truck, Shane Stevens, 23, were not injured in the accident and both have cooperated with SPD’s investigation.

The road was shut down until around 6 p.m. Tuesday while members of the Somerset Police Department Accident Reconstruction Unit perform an on-scene investigation.

SPD officers were assisted at the scene by the Somerset Fire Department, the Kentucky Department of Highways Safe Patrol, the Kentucky State Police Commercial Vehicle Enforcement, the Pulaski County Coroner’s Office, and the Somerset-Pulaski County Rescue Squad.

The collision remains under investigation.

 

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