DRAKESBORO, Ky. (WEHT) – Kentucky State Police Station 2 Madisonville said it was asked by the Muhlenberg County Sheriff’s Office to investigate a possible fatal collision located on P and M Haul Road.
Reports say 19-year-old Austin Landrum of Rockport was driving eastbound in a 2000 Ford Explorer when he lost control and veered off the road into a ditch, overturning. Police say Explorer passenger Levi Ruggles, 18, of Bremen, was pronounced dead at the scene by the Muhlenberg County coroner.
Authorities say when the car crashed, there was a fire in the car which caused significant property damage to the immediate and surrounding areas near the TVA Paradise Fossil Plant.
KSP says Private Trevor High is leading the investigation and reconstruction. Those assisting at the scene were, Post 2 Madisonville Troopers, Muhlenberg County Sheriff’s Office, Muhlenberg County Coroner, Muhlenberg County Emergency Management, Beechmont, Bremen, Central City, Drakesboro, Dunmor, Graham, Greenville, Nelson Creek, Rochester, Sacramento, Wendell H. Ford Fire Departments and Muhlenberg County Emergency Services (EMS).