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Kentucky State Police investigate fatal collision in Harlan County

From Kentucky State Police Post 10 -

On Tuesday. January 11, 2022, at approximately 2:30 p.m. Kentucky State Police, Post 10 Harlan received a call from Harlan City Police Department requesting assistance with a fatal collision that occurred on U.S.421 and Ky 840. KSP Detective Rodney Sturgill and Detective Andy Soltess responded to the collision to investigate.


Initial investigation indicates a 2006 Ford F-250 operated by Perry Phillip of Pennington Gap Virginia was traveling South on U.S.421. A 2018 Jeep driven by 72-year-old Arch Wolfe of Baxter and his passenger and wife 70-year-old Joyce Wolfe of Baxter had just made a left turn off of Ky 840 onto U.S. 421.


The Jeep was struck in the driver’s door by the F-250 pick-up truck. Both Mr. and Mrs. Wolfe was pronounced deceased at the scene by the Harlan County Deputy Coroner.


Mr. Phillip was transported to Harlan County Hospital by private vehicle for minor injuries.


Alcohol and drugs are not suspected into the collision. KSP Det. Rodney Sturgill is continuing to investigate what caused the collision.


Also assist at the scene were Harlan City Police Dept., Harlan County Sheriff’s Dept., Harlan City Fire Dept. and Life Guard.

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