Fatal Crash In Knott County

Knott County, KY — Kentucky State Police, Post 13 in Hazard is investigating a Knott County collision involving a commercial vehicle. According to a press release, when Troopers arrived on the scene Monday on KY Highway 80 near Rockfork, they found an 18-wheeler coal truck on fire and nearby, a small SUV with the driver trapped inside but that vehicle was not on fire. The initial investigation determined that 50-year-old Danny Kestner of Hazard was driving the SUV when his vehicle crossed into the westbound lanes and collided with the 1998 Mack truck driven by 68-year-old Astor Gross of Manchester. The SUV struck the fuel tank of the Mack truck causing it to become engulfed in flames. Kestner was pronounced deceased at the scene by Knott County Coroner Cory Watson. Gross received minor injuries but did not seek medical attention. Troopers say seat belts were in use by both drivers and toxicology results are pending. Troopers were assisted at the scene by KSP Commercial Vehicle Enforcement, Knott County Sheriff’s Office, Lifeguard Ambulance, Ball Creek Rescue Squad and the Garrett Fire Department.