CRANKS, KY (September 7, 2023) – The Kentucky State Police (KSP) is reporting that on Thursday, September 7, 2023 at 5:56 A.M., KSP Post 10, Harlan received a call regarding a two-vehicle collision between a passenger vehicle and a semi-truck on U.S. Highway 421 in the Cranks community of Harlan County.
KSP Troopers responded to the scene an began an investigation.
The initial investigation indicates James Powell (49) of NC was operating a Mack eighteen-wheeler north on U.S. Highway 421. Christopher Hall (37) was operating a Kia Sonata south on U.S. Highway 421.
Mr. Hall's vehicle crossed the center line and struck the eighteen-wheeler head-on. Mr. Hall was pronounced deceased at the scene.
U.S. Highway 421 is back open at this time.
Kentucky State Police is continuing the investigation.
Also assisting at the scene were Harlan Police Department and Sunshine Fire Department.
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