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Tragic crash on Knifley Road Columbia, KY takes life of driver, 18

Collision occurs late Thursday evening south of Knifley, KY. Pickup truck leaves roadway, strikes guardrail, and overturns several times. Driver, Caleb A. Capps of Edmonton, KY, was not wearing seatbelt, is ejected and was pronounced dead at the scene by Adair County Deputy Coroner David Taylor. One passenger, Jessica Mikel, 18, Louisville, KY, who was not belted and was injured, taken to Westlake Regional Hospital then flown to UK Hospital. A passenger, 17 year old Jessica Burba, Louisville, was flown from the scene to UL Hospital. Fourth passenger, 18 year old Antonio Simmons of Radcliff, KY who was belted, was not injured.
Story updated 10:12amCT, Friday, September 7, 2012, with change in list of vehicle occupants,

By TFC Billy Gregory, Public Affairs Officer
Kentucky State Police Post 15, Columbia, KY

COLUMBIA, KY - Tpr. Bryan Shepard is investigating a collision that occurred on Thursday night, September 6 at 10:08pmCT, approximately 9 miles north of Columbia on KY 551 (Knifley Road). 18-year-old Caleb A Capps of Edmonton, KY was traveling north on KY 551, operating a 2004 Chevy truck.

The truck left the roadway, struck a gaurdrail and overturned several times. Capps was not wearing a seatbelt and was ejected from the vehicle. He was pronounced dead at the scene by Adair County Deputy Coroner David Taylor.

A passenger, 18-year-old Jessica Mikel of Louisville, KY was flown from Westlake Regional Hospital, Columbia, KY, to University of Kentucky hospital and is in stable condition.

A passenger, 17-year-old Jessica Burba of Louisville, KY, was flown from the scene to University of Louisville Hospital and is listed in serious condition.

A passenger, 18 year old Antonio Simmons of Radcliff, KY, was wearing his seatbelt and was not injured. Mikel and Burba were not wearing seatbelts. Alcohol is believed to be a contributing factor.

Story courtesy TFC Billy Gregory, Public Affairs Officer, Kentucky State Police Post 15, 1118 Jamestown ST, (at Exit 49, Louie B. Nunn Parkway), Columbia, KY. Kentucky State Police Post 15, Columbia, KY, covers the 11 counties of Adair, Casey, Clinton, Cumberland, Green, Marion, Metcalfe, Monroe, Russell, Taylor and Washington.

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Milemarker 9: Now a monument to an unthinkable tragedy

2012-09-08 - Knifley Road, Columbia, KY - Photo by Ed Waggener. Yesterday afternoon, September 7, 2012 this beautiful, beckoning stretch of Knifley Road - KY 551 - held only a few reminders of the unthinkable tragedy of the evening before. Tire marks a few yards south of the north looking view gave a hint of the path of the vehicle. In the scant litter along the way there were items which may or may not have come from the vehicle - the red Nike jersey in the center of the photo, bottles, wrappers and other tiny debris - but the cautioning traffic barrels, the gaping hole in guardrail, a detached pickup bumper, the path the careening vehicle made in the woods unmistakably bring a saddest story all too vividly to mind. The scene is just south of Mile Marker 9. Prayers for the survivors, for the family of the deceased driver, and for their school are being raised today throughout the region. (- CM photo) Clicking Readmore accesses the KSP report
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