Breathitt woman killed on U.S. 60

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State worker dead at scene after collision with truck

By Lisa King

A state employee traveling through Shelby County on her way to a work site in Carroll County was killed Tuesday morning in an auto accident near the Franklin County line, officials say.
Shelby County Chief Deputy Coroner Jeff Ivers said that Martha A. White, 44, of Wolf

Cove in Breathitt County was killed when the car she was driving was hit in the passenger side by a garbage truck at the intersection of KY 395 and U.S. 60.

“It was right there at the Peytona Garage,” he said. “I don’t know if she failed to stop at the intersection, or what happened.”

Shelby County 911 Dispatch said Kentucky State Police worked the accident, but KSP officials did not respond to E-mails or phone calls from The Sentinel-News. Shelby County Sheriff Mike Armstrong said his department provided some traffic control but was not involved in the investigation.

Ivers said that from what he could determine, White was traveling north on KY 395 around 9 a.m.

“She worked for the Kentucky Department of Commerce, parks and recreation,” he said. “She had left a work site in Powell County and was headed to General Butler State Park for a meeting.”

Ivers said the truck was traveling west on U.S. 60 when it collided with White’s state vehicle, a Ford Focus.

“That is a two-way stop there. The traffic on [US] 60 does not stop,” he said.

Ivers said White died of blunt force trauma and was pronounced dead at the scene at 9:11 a.m.

Toby Marlin, assistant fire chief of the East 60 Fire Department, which responded to the accident, said White did not have to be extricated from the vehicle with rescue equipment.

“She was not trapped; the damage to the vehicle was mostly on the passenger side,” he said.

Marlin said White was wearing a seat belt.

The area was closed to traffic for about two hours.