Brownsville, KY Pickup Crash Kills 6, Aug 1993


Brownsville (AP) - A pickup truck carrying 10 people going to see a fire turned over in Edmonson County, killing six of the occupants and injuring the other four, officials said.
Edmonson County's veteran coroner said the accident was the worst in memory.
"I've been coroner since September 1975 and this is the worst it's been to my knowledge in the county," Coroner Ed Minyard said.
The single-vehicle crash on Ky. 259 happened at about 12:15 a.m. CDT Sunday about 1 1/2 miles north of Brownsville, a town of about 670 just outside the southwestern boundary of Mammoth Cave National Park.
Killed were the driver, 30-year-old THOMAS MILLER, of Huff, a deacon at a rural church, and five of the seven who were riding in the back of the pickup.
The dead passengers were identified as CHRISTY LUCAS, 19, and GROVER LUCAS, 20, of Brownsville, who had been married about a year; STEVEN FIELDS, 18, of Smiths Grove, who was preparing to start his senior year at Edmonson County High School; BRUCE WAYNE LOGSDON of Brownsville, who wrapped up his 24th birthday Saturday night hanging out with friends; and DAVID JOHNSON, 20, of Bee Spring, who worked at a Bowling Green woodworking factory.
The four injured were taken to the Medical Center in Bowling Green. RUMSEY WOODCOCK, 17, of Brownsville, was treated and released; RICK WILLIS, 21, of Brownsville, was in serious condition Sunday, the hospital said; Nineteen-year-old LAWANDA WILLIS, of Brownsville, Rick Willis' sister, and 23-year-old BRAD BROOKS of Bee Springs were both in stable condition.
It has begun as a typical Saturday night - with a group of youngsters hanging out at the Brownsville Minit Mart, sitting on the hoods of their cars and trucks, talking and teasing, like they usually do.
Then someone came by around midnight and said there was a big fire up near Nolin Lake dam. Ten of them piled into MILLER'S pickup and drove off in search of the fire. The fire turned out to be a false alarm.
Residents of Brownsville said all those involved in the accident were widely considered to be good youngsters, and Sheriff Eddie Railey said none of them had been drinking.
There was speculation that a blown tire had caused MILLER to lose control, but police said they think the tire was damaged after the truck left the road.
Except for MILLER, all those involved in the accident grew up together. MILLER owned and operated a used-appliance store, and friends said he had befriended the others after going through a divorce.
According to Kentucky State Police, the truck was northbound on 259 at a "high rate of speed" when it ran off the roadway.
The truck traveled 450 feet, came back onto the road and went off the other side and over an embankment.
State Police said "jaws of life" equipment had to be used to remove all 10 people from the wreckage. The coroner said it took rescue workers more than an hour to extricate some of the dead and injured.

The Advocate-Messenger Danville Kentucky 1993-08-16