August 7, 2017

Adair County accident on KY 55

On 8-4-2017 Columbia Police Department was dispatched to the 2000 block of Campbellsville Road to a reported two vehicle collision with injuries.

Preliminary investigation indicates Christopher Cook 38 of Taylor County was traveling south on KY 55 in a 1998 Grand Jeep Cherokee when he struck a 2003 Saturn operated by 57 year old Randell Wheat of Adair County in the rear of vehicle . Wheat was in traffic that had slowed for a Farm implement on the roadway. Cook failed to see traffic had slowed and was unable to slow or stop his vehicle.   The collision sent the 2003 Saturn off the roadway overturning once before it came to rest.

Wheat was treated on scene by Adair County Ems and transported to TJ Health of Columbia. Wheat was then flown by PHI Air Medical services to the University of Kentucky for Head Trauma related injuries. The collision is being investigated by CPD Officer Josh Brockman who was assisted by Officer John Dial, Deputy Justin Cross and Trooper Chase Willis.

Cell phone usage is believed to be a contributing factor in the collision and Cook who was not injured was charged for operating a vehicle on a expired license and no insurance.


Post 15 activity for July 2017

During the month of July 2017, there were 33 traffic accidents investigated by the State Police working in the Post 15 area in the 11 counties of Adair, Casey, Clinton, Cumberland, Green, Marion, Metcalfe, Monroe, Russell, Taylor and Washington.

 There were two fatal collisions during the month of July in the Post 15 area.

 Phillip Dillon, 26 years old of Boyle Co KY was killed on 07/08/17 in Casey Co KY.

Dylan Cheatham, 25 years old of Washington Co KY was killed on 07/31/17 in Washington Co KY.

 This brings our yearly fatality count to 9 compared with 13 through this same period in 2016.

Statewide fatality count stands at 416 compared with 455 through this same period in 2016.

 During the month of July 2017, there were 1033 citations written, 206 courtesy notices written, 1441 vehicles inspected, 713 complaints answered, 83 motorists assisted, 61 criminal cases opened and 134 criminal arrests made.


Cumberland County fatal collision 


Burkesville, Ky. (August 4, 2017) Tpr. Jonathan Paull is investigating a collision that occurred Thursday, August 3rd at approximately 8:18 PM CST on KY 90 in the limits of Marrowbone.  32-year-old Jeffery Cyphers, of Burkesville, was operating a westbound 4 door Dodge when he attempted to make a left hand turn into a private driveway.  The vehicle collided with an eastbound black motorcycle operated by 20-year-old Zachary Gray, of Burkesville.

Mr. Gray was not wearing a helmet and was pronounced dead at the scene by the Cumberland County Coroner.  Mr. Cyphers was belted and not injured.  

Tpr. Paull was assisted at the scene by the Cumberland County Sheriff, Fire, Rescue, EMS, Coroner and the KY State Highway Department.