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East 80 accident: Helm in critical condition, Burris arrested

Injury Collison on East KY80 in Adair County results in Danny Helm being airlifted to UK Hospital; James Burris arrested for leaving scene of accident.
Note: Charges/allegations are not a finding of guilt. An individual charged by law enforcement is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty at some later criminal proceeding.

By Sgt Jason Morris, Public Information Officer
Kentucky State Police, Region Two

Columbia, KY (December 1, 2017) Kentucky State Police investigated a two vehicle injury collision on KY80 near the intersection of Rutledge Road around 6:21 p.m. CST.

Preliminary investigations indicate that 28 year-old James Burris of Columbia was operating a 2000 Freightliner semi traveling east on KY80. Burris crossed the center line striking a 2004 Ford being operated by 71 year-old Danny Helm of Columbia.


Burris was not wearing his seat belt at the time of the collision and was transported to T. J. Health Hospital in Columbia.

Helm was wearing his seat belt and was airlifted to University of Kentucky Hospital in Lexington with life-threatening injuries. Helm is currently listed in critical condition.

Burris was arrested and lodged in the Adair County Jail, charged with Leaving the scene of an Accident.

Sergeant Jason Morris is investigating and was assisted on scene by Sgt. Randy Honeycutt, Trooper Jonathan Carlock, Trooper Billy Begley, and Trooper Zack Scott with Kentucky State Police Post 15 Columbia, Adair County Sherriff's Department, Air Evac 43, Adair County Fire, EMS, Columbia Police, and Kentucky Department of Highways.
Citizens can contribute to highway safety by calling KSP toll-free at: (1-800-222-5555). Citizens can call to confidentially report impair drivers or any criminal activity. You may also download the free KSP mobile phone app.


This story was posted on 2017-12-02 01:44:43
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