Fatal Collision Involving Bus and West Virginia Man Investigated by KSP in Elkhorn City, Kentucky


ELKHORN CITY, KY – Kentucky State Police (KSP), Pikeville Post received a 911 call regarding a two-vehicle fatal collision in Pike County at approximately 7:58 a.m. on September 26, 2022.

The collision occurred on Elkhorn Creek in the Elkhorn City community of Pike County.

Upon arrival and through investigation, Troopers discovered Wesley Childers (32) of Draffin was operating a 2009 Thomas bus on Elkhorn Creek when his vehicle crossed the center line striking a 2008 GMC being operated by Anthony Kirk (26) of Williamson, WV.

Kirk was pronounced deceased on scene by the Pike County Coroner’s Office. The investigation is ongoing by KSP Accident Reconstructionist, Detective Jason Merlo.

Detective Merlo was assisted on scene by:

  • Kentucky State Police Post 9 personnel
  • KSP Commercial Vehicle Enforcement
  • Elkhorn City Volunteer Fire Department
  • Lifeguard Ambulance Service.

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