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March 3, 2014

Woman killed in Whitley crash

CORBIN — By John L. Ross / Staff Writer

A Tennessee woman was killed after a single-vehicle crash in southern Whitley County Saturday.

Krystal Michelle Taylor, 44, of Alcoa, Tenn., was traveling alone when the crash happened, according to Whitley County Sheriff Colan Harrell.

He explained she was driving a Ford Explorer east on KY-1804 around 1:30 p.m. near Lot-Mud Creek Road when she apparently hit a ditch and crashed head-on into the bridge abutment.

“We don’t know what happened,” Harrell said. “There were no skidmarks — but a witness did say that she was traveling at a high rate of speed when she slammed into the bridge,”

Lt. Millard Root and Deputy Cody Harrell investigated the crash, and were assisted by members of the South Whitley County Volunteer Fire and Rescue Department and Whitley County EMS. Coroner Andy Croley pronounced her dead at the scene.

Croley said that only a toxicology test was conducted, and that those results were pending.

He said Taylor was killed from multiple injuries sustained during the crash -- he pronounced her dead 2:18 p.m. Saturday.

An investigation continues into the cause of the crash.


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