CORNETTSVILLE — A two-vehicle accident claimed the lives of three Perry County citizens over the weekend. The accident took place in the Cornettsville community of Perry County.
Christopher Hill, 44, of Hazard and James Sams, 68, of Wooton were pronounced deceased at the scene by Perry County Deputy Coroner Ashley Howard.
Harold Halcomb, 61, of Hazard was air-lifted to Pikeville Medical Center, where he would later succumb to his injuries.
According to Kentucky State Police (KSP) Post 13, their preliminary investigation determined that a 2008 Ford Mustang being driven by Hill collided with a 2007 Chevrolet Silverado, being driven by Sams, on Hwy. 7. Halcomb was a passenger in the Silverado.
Perry County EMS, Cornettsville and Viper Fire Departments, the Perry County Sheriff’s Office, and KSP Post 13 all responded to the accident.
KSP says none of the men were wearing seat belts at the time of the crash.
Both drivers had toxicology obtained from them. KSP says this is normal procedure in a fatal crash investigation. The toxicology results are pending.
Autopsies will be performed on both drivers at the State Medical Examiner’s Office located in Frankfort.
The accident is under the investigation of KSP Trooper Scott Caudill.
TJ Caudill is a reporter with The Hazard Herald and he can be reached at 606-629-3245.