Kentucky State Police Commercial Enforcement investigated a single vehicle collision that resulted in a fatality Monday on the Cumberland Parkway, near the 35 mile marker at 12:55 p.m. CT.
Preliminary investigations indicate that 48 year-old Paul Edward Smith of Hot Springs Nagarland, AR was operating a 2011 Freightliner traveling east on the parkway. Smith for an unknown reason traveled through the median across the west bound lanes where he struck a guardrail and rock embankment. Smith who was unrestrained was pronounced dead at the scene by Metcalfe County Coroner.
Sgt. Randall Honeycutt is investigating and was assisted on scene by units from Post 15 Columbia, Barren-Metcalfe County EMS, Metcalfe County Fire, Rescue and Sheriff’s Department.
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