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For the second time in less than a week, a traffic accident has claimed a life in Shelby County, this time, James Walker, a 57-year-old man from Lawrenceburg.
A second man, Jonathan Denning, 28, of New Albany, Ind., was taken to the University of Louisville with unknown injures.
The accident happened at about 11 a.m. in the 7400 block of Frankfort Road, as Denning, who was driving east in a Freightliner dump truck, lost control of the vehicle when he lost tire tread, KSP spokesperson Kendra Wilson said.
The dump truck veered into the westbound lane, striking head-on a Ford pickup driven by Walker. Wilson said both trucks ran off the road, striking a culvert, and the dump truck overturned, landing on top of the pickup truck.
Shelby County Chief Deputy Coroner Jeff Ivers, who pronounced Walker dead at the scene, said he had to be extricated from his vehicle by the Waddy Fire Department. Lt. James Riddle, who was in charge of that, said it was very difficult extrication.
"It ranks right up in the top ten worst that I've seen in thirty-three years," he said. "We had to use two wreckers to pick the dump truck up off the pickup truck, and then we were able to use our extrication tools to remove the deceased from the pickup truck."
Riddle said the situation also presented an environmental hazard because the dump truck spilled contaminated dirt that had come from the site of Cubert's Qwik Stop in Shelbyville, where fuel tanks were being removed.
Emergency Management Agency Director Paul Whitman said the spill was cleaned up by PECCO Inc. Kentucky State Police closed U.S. 60 at KY 395 until 6 p.m., and traffic was backed up at least a mile in both directions.