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Report: Trucker in Fatal Kentucky Crash Was on Cellphone

May 12, 2010

LOUISVILLE, KY - A new Kentucky State Police accident report concludes that the Alabama truck driver who crashed into a van on Interstate 65 near Munfordville, Ky., killing 10 people and himself on March 26, was talking on a cellphone at the time of the collision, the Courier-Journal reported. 

The report also indicates that truck driver Kenneth E. Laymon may have been speeding. Laymon was employed as a driver by Hester Inc., based in Fayette, Ala. 

Police concluded that Laymon was distracted when he lost control of his tractor-trailer and crossed the median. His truck rammed into a van carrying a group of Mennonites headed to a wedding in Iowa. 

The report indicated that a witness to the accident, another truck driver, estimated that Laymon's truck was traveling about 80 mph. State police added that the damage Laymon's truck suffered on impact also suggested he may have been driving over the posted 70 mph speed limit. 

The crash is still under federal investigation. Only two passengers in the van survived, a five-year-old boy and a three-year-old boy. 

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