Fatal Wreck Under Investigation

Kentucky State Police at the Pikeville Post are investigating a fatal traffic crash. According to authorities, the wreck occurred shortly before 3:30 Sunday afternoon on Widows Branch in Phelps. A preliminary investigation has determined that Marty Blankenship was traveling west on Widows Branch when he apparently lost control of his vehicle and struck a rock wall. Blankenship was pronounced deceased at the scene by the Pike County Coroner’s office. No drugs or alcohol is suspected at this time pending toxicology results. Assisting at the scene was members of the Phelps Fire Department and Lifeguard Ambulance Service.