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Those involved identified - Kentucky State Police Investigate fatal collision in Knox County

Updated: Nov 4, 2021

From Kentucky State Police Post 10 -

On Wednesday, November 3, 2021, at approximately 8:30 a.m. Kentucky State Police, Post 10 Harlan received a call about a two vehicle collision on Ky 229 in the Bailey Switch community of Knox County. Trooper Sammy Faris along with Detectives from Post 10 responded and began an investigation.


Initial investigation indicates Barton Smith (73) of Barbourville was traveling north on Ky 229 when his 2010 silver Toyota Corolla dropped off the right side of the road. Mr. Smith’s vehicle then crossed the center line into the south bound lane striking a pick-up truck head on. Phillip Jones (58) of London was traveling south on Ky 229 in a 2019 silver Chevrolet Colorado. Mr. Jones was unable to avoid the Toyota Corolla before being hit head on.


Mr. Jones was transported from the scene to Baptist Health in Corbin for minor injuries. Mr. Smith was pronounced decease at the scene by the Deputy Coroner in Knox County. Both drivers had their seatbelts on at the time of the collision. Drugs and alcohol are not suspected into collision.


Collision is under investigation by Det. Rodney Sturgill. Also assisted at the scene were Knox County Sheriff’s Dept, Knox County Deputy Coroner and Bailey Switch Fire Department.

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