TheTimesTribune.com, Corbin, KY

January 3, 2014

Woman dies in five-car crash

Road conditions likely cause of nearly 2 dozen Knox wrecks


TheTimesTribune.com, Corbin, KY

CORBIN — By John L. Ross / Staff Writer

Thursday morning’s road conditions likely contributed to nearly two dozen crashes in Knox County alone — one of which killed a woman.

Ruby Miles, an employee with Knox County schools, was killed in a five-car crash early Thursday.

Knox County Sheriff John Pickard said that beginning just before 5:30 a.m., Deputy Brian Hensley began getting dispatched to multiple vehicle crashes on several Knox County roads.

Those roads included KY 1803, North KY 11, KY 1304 and South KY 11 — black ice began forming from plummeting temperatures, leaving the road very slick in spots.

Pickard said that because of the high number of crashes in a short amount of time, dispatch contacted the sheriff and Chief Deputy Derek Eubanks to assist.

The sheriff said Hensley ended up at crash sites on KY 1803 — Eubanks went to the North KY 11 area and KY 1304.

Pickard and Deputy Claude Hudson responded to the five-car crash. The sheriff explained that Miles was driving north on South KY 11 when she began to slide and crashed into the guardrail — at that point, Miles was not injured.

Pickard said her vehicle ended up in the road — Miles then contacted her husband by cell phone.

While on the phone she attempted to walk back to the top of the hill to meet with her husband — however, Pickard said other drivers hit the same slick area she did.

Miles was struck by one of those drivers — and then the vehicle crashed into her car, and then another, before coming to a stop.

It was unknown at press time how many others were injured in that crash, although there were people transported for treatment from the scene.