By Nita Johnson
LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. —
What began as a rear-end collision Thursday became a multi-vehicle accident that left one man dead and two others injured.
Only one driver in the four-vehicle collision walked away unscathed — 50-year-old Gregory Fulton of London.
According to a press release from the Post 11 of Kentucky State Police, Fulton was driving a 2009 Toyota Corolla westbound on U.S. 150 in Rockcastle County when it rear-ended the 2005 Chevrolet Colorado driven by 50-year-old Timothy E. Taylor of Mt. Vernon around 6:36 a.m. on Thursday.
The impact sent Taylor’s vehicle into the eastbound lane where it was hit by a 1997 Toyota Tacoma pickup, driven by 46-year-old Rena M. Hopkins of Crab Orchard, then was hit a third time by another vehicle traveling in the eastbound lane — a 1994 Chevrolet Tracker operated by 52-year-old Paul D. Kidwell of Brodhead.
Taylor was not wearing a seat belt at the time of the collision and was ejected from his vehicle, where he was pronounced dead by the Rockcastle County Coroner’s office. Hopkins also was not wearing a seat belt when she struck Taylor’s vehicle, and she was flown to the University of Kentucky Medical Center for treatment of her injuries.
The fourth driver involved in the crash, Kidwell, did have his seat belt on at the time of the collision but still sustained some injuries, for which he was flown to the UK Medical Center.
Fulton was wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash. He was uninjured.
Trooper Delzie Kelly is heading the investigation into the crash and was assisted at the scene by Trooper Craig Reed, Rockcastle County EMS, the Brodhead Fire Department and the Mt. Vernon Fire Department.
According to Public Affairs Officer Lloyd Cochran with the Kentucky State Police Post 11 in London, Fulton told investigators he swerved to avoid hitting a deer when the collision occurred, however, Cochran said he could neither confirm nor deny that statement.