A second person has died as a result of a three-vehicle crash in northern Pulaski County on Friday night.
The accident, which occurred at the intersection of North U.S. 27 and Ky. 1247 near Eubank, involved a SUV and two motorcycles.
According to the Pulaski County Sheriff's Office, James R. Burton, 61, of Louisville, Ky., died at the scene. Burton was operating one of the motorcycles.
Michele L. Cahill, 52, of Louisville, Ky., was one of three persons to be airlifted from the scene Friday night. She died as a result of her injuries as well, according to the Pulaski County Sheriff's Office. Cahill was a passenger on a second motorcycle involved in the crash.
"It’s one of the worst accidents I’ve seen involving a motorcycle here in quite a while," Capt. Troy McLin, with the Pulaski County Sheriff's Office, told WKYT.
The sheriff's office said that Henry Shell, 41, of Manchester, Ky., was operating a 2004 Mercury SUV westbound on Ky. 1247 when he pulled into the path of the two motorcycles, which were traveling southbound on U.S. 27.
Burton was operating a 2014 Harley Davidson. He was pronounced dead at the scene. A passenger on his bike, Drake Burton, 63, of Louisville, Ky., was airlifted to the University of Kentucky Medical Center. Walter W. Hellmueller, 50, of Louisville, Ky., was operating the other motorcycle, a 2007 Harley Davidson. Cahill was his passenger. Both were airlifted from the scene to UK.
There is no report of any injuries to Shell.
Shell told deputies he didn't see the two motorcycles as they passed through the intersection, according to a report from WKYT. The driver is cooperating with deputies.
Officials say they see an uptick in crashes involving motorcycles during the summer months and they're urging drivers to take extra precautions while on the road.
"Drivers just need to watch their surroundings and motorcycles, they’re not as visible as regular vehicles, so they need to watch out for motorcyclists," said Capt. McLin.
Pulaski County Sheriff's units were assisted at the scene by the Eubank Volunteer Fire Department, Eubank Police Chief Tony Duncan, Pulaski County Deputy Coroner Anthony Gossett and the Pulaski County Hazmat Team.