Corbin, Ky. (September 26, 2016) – On Saturday, September 24, 2016 at 4:11p.m. KSP Post 10 received several calls that a KSP Trooper was involved in a collision at the intersection of US 25E and KY 1629.
Preliminary investigation indicates a 2015 Ford Taurus operated by Billy Latham, 80, of Sevierville, TN, was attempting to make a left-hand turn onto KY 1629 from South US 25E when he struck a 2014 Dodge Charger operated by KSP Sgt. Alfred Bunch. Sgt. Bunch was traveling north on US 25E at the time of this collision. Latham said he thought he had time to safely make the turn. Sgt. Bunch applied the brakes in an attempt to avoid colliding with the Latham vehicle, but was unable to do so. The impact caused both vehicles to spin out of control. Sgt. Bunch’s state police vehicle then struck a third vehicle, a 2005 Ford Sport Trac operated by Billy Anderson, 61, of Williamsburg, in the front bumper. The 2015 Ford Taurus and the 2014 Dodge Charger each came to rest on the northbound shoulder of US 25E. The 2005 Ford remained at the area of impact.
Both the 2015 Ford Taurus and the 2014 Dodge Charger each sustained severe damage. The 2005 Ford Sport Trac sustained minor damage to its front bumper area.
In addition to the operators of each vehicle, two passengers were additionally treated and transported to the Baptist Regional Medical Center by Knox County EMS and Laurel County EMS.
This investigation is being conducted by KSP Post 10 Sgt. Danny Caudill. He was assisted at the scene by Master Trooper Michael Cornett and Trooper Kenny Sergent, who both are the post level accident reconstructionists. Sgt. Caudill was additionally assisted at the scene by troopers from KSP Post 10, KSP Post 11, officers from the Corbin Police Department, members of the Corbin Fire Department, Knox County EMS and Laurel County EMS.
Sgt. Bunch is a 13 year veteran of the Kentucky State Police.