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Debbie Caldwell | Daily EnterpriseKentucky State Police Trooper Michael Cornett looks over the vehicle involved in an early morning crash with a coal truck Friday. The driver, Tracey Rapier, 40, of Evarts, was transported to Harlan ARH Hospital to be treated for his injuries. The passenger, Donald Tarbell, 41, of Coxton, did not survive.
Debbie Caldwell | Daily EnterpriseKentucky State Police Trooper Michael Cornett looks over the vehicle involved in an early morning crash with a coal truck Friday. The driver, Tracey Rapier, 40, of Evarts, was transported to Harlan ARH Hospital to be treated for his injuries. The passenger, Donald Tarbell, 41, of Coxton, did not survive.
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Kentucky State Police Trooper Michael Cornett is investigating a fatal crash that occurred at Rosspoint early Friday morning.


Kentucky State Police Public Affairs Officer Shane Jacobs said a preliminary investigation indicates that a 1978 Mack dump truck operated by William Caldwell, 60, of Bledsoe, was traveling north on U.S.119 in the slow lane when a 2007 Chevrolet Impala struck the dump truck in the rear. The operator of the Impala, Tracey Rapier, 40, of Evarts was transported to Harlan ARH Hospital for injuries. The passenger, Donald P. Tarbell, 41, of Coxton, was pronounced dead at the scene by Deputy Coroner Jim Rich. Neither occupants were wearing a seat belt. Tarbell was removed from the vehicle by the Harlan County Rescue Squad by mechanical means. Caldwell did not receive any injuries from the collision.


The dump truck is owned by Phillips Excavating, of Harlan.


The crash remains under investigation by Cornett. He was assisted at the scene by Harlan Police Department, Harlan EMS, Trooper Kenny Abner and KVE Officer Jason Freeman.

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