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Double Fatality in Harlan County, victims identified

From Kentucky State Police Post 10 -

Kentucky State Police, Post 10 Harlan responded to a single vehicle collision on Friday night December 11, 2020 at 8:08 PM on KY 522 in the Putney community of Harlan County near the Shrine park.


KSP Trooper Shane Jacobs states the initial investigation indicates a white 2009 Smart Car was traveling north on KY 522 when it exited off the right side of the roadway into a ditch striking a large rock. The vehicle then overturned striking a tree before stopping.


The operator, 39 year old Lee Hatfield of Cumberland and passenger, 46 year old April Johnson of Baxter, were both pronounced deceased at the scene by the Harlan County Coroner.


The collision is still under investigation by Trooper Andy Soltess.

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