Investigation underway after Manchester man dies in fatal collision in Laurel County.

Laurel County Sheriff's Traffic Crash Reconstructionist Lt. Chris Edwards is currently investigating a fatal collision that happened just past the Little Laurel Rd intersection on East 80 on Monday afternoon.

Lt Edwards reported that a Chevrolet Tahoe traveling eastbound on KY 80 traveled across the centerline in a slight curve and struck a Freightliner truck head-on causing fatal injury to the driver of the Tahoe and critical injuries to a passenger in the Tahoe. The driver of the truck was reported uninjured.

The two drivers were identified as:

• Driver of the Chevrolet Tahoe – Joseph Gary Smith, 60, of Manchester, pronounced deceased at the scene by Laurel County Coroner Doug Bowling.

A passenger was airlifted to UK Medical Center with critical injuries.

• Driver of the Freightliner truck - John D. Philpot, 45, of London – no injuries reported.

The Laurel County Sheriff's Office - Maj. Chuck Johnson, Capt. Robbie Grimes, Deputy Jamie Etherton, Deputy Allen Turner, Detective Robert Reed, Detective Taylor McDaniel, and Case Officer/Crash Reconstructionist Lt. Chris Edwards, London Laurel Rescue Squad, Laurel County Fire Department, London City Fire Department, Kentucky Transportation Cabinet, Laurel County Department of Public Safety, Eco-Tech, and London Police Department all assisted at the scene.

East 80 is now open for travel.


Samantha Walden, Staff Writer at the Kentucky Daily

Photo courtesy of Laurel County Sheriff’s Dept

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