A traffic accident in Edmonson County claimed the life of a Cave City man on Friday.

Samuel Steve Gibbons, 57, of Cave City, was pronounced dead at the scene by Edmonson County Coroner Pete Tarrantino, according to a Kentucky State Police report.

The accident occurred at 10:42 a.m. when a 1998 Chevrolet Tahoe driven by Donna Byard, 57, of Bowling Green, was traveling northbound on U.S. 31W when her vehicle dropped off the northbound shoulder. It then re-entered and began rotating counterclockwise because of weather conditions.

Gibbons, traveling southbound on U.S. 31W in a 1989 Dodge truck, struck the vehicle in the passenger side after Byard crossed over the center line. Gibbons’ truck then exited the roadway, dropped into a ditch and came to a final stop facing southbound. Byard’s vehicle came to a final stop in the southbound lane.

A passenger in Gibbons’ vehicle, Keith Skaggs, 55, of Brownsville, was flown by Air-Evac to The Medical Center in Bowling Green where he was admitted for treatment and listed in critical condition. Edmonson County EMS transported Byard to The Medical Center where she was admitted for treatment and listed in stable but critical condition.


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