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Head-On Crash Kills Breathitt County Man

Posted at 9:33 PM, Dec 01, 2018
and last updated 2018-12-01 21:33:08-05

BREATHITT COUNTY, Ky. (LEX 18) – Kentucky State Police troopers are investigating a deadly crash that happened in Breathitt County.

KSP officials say they were called around 10:00p.m. on Friday evening about a crash on Highway 15 in the city limits of Jackson.

Based on their preliminary investigation, troopers believe Baxter Gwin of Breathitt County was driving north in a 2000 Ford Mustang when his car crossed into the southbound lane.

Gwin’s car reportedly collided head-on with a 2010 Toyota Camry, and Gwin was throw from the car.

Gwin was pronounced dead by the Breathitt County Coroner’s Office. According to a release from KSP, he was not wearing a seat belt.

The driver of the Camry, Benton Lockhart, 21, of Hazard was taken to a nearby hospital where he was treated for minor injuries. KSP officials report that he was wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash.

There were no passengers in either car.

Troopers do not believe drugs or alcohol were factors in the crash at this time, although they are awaiting toxicology results.

The cause of the crash is under investigation.