Fatality in Butler County
Edmonson Voice Staff Report:
The life of a local teen was claimed Sunday afternoon as a result of a two car collision in Butler County, according to Kentucky State Police.
In a press release, KSP said that today at 1:08 PM they received a call for service from the Butler County Sheriff’s Department requesting assistance with an investigation regarding a two vehicle fatal collision.
KSP reported that the collision occurred near the 5500 block of Reedyville Road (KY185), near the intersection of Lock 5 Road.
Troopers said that their investigation indicated that Paul D. Hensley (72) of Hazard, KY was operating a 2015 Ford pickup while traveling southbound on Reedyville Road. According to the press release, Hensley’s vehicle crossed the yellow center line of the roadway into the path of travel of Robert B. (Braeden) Combs (18) of Smiths Grove, KY, who was operating a 2005 Ford pickup traveling northbound. Police reported that Hensley’s vehicle collided with Combs’ vehicle in a head-on manner.
Combs was pronounced deceased on scene by the Butler County Coroner. Paul Hensley was airlifted to the University of Louisville Hospital for treatment of serious injuries sustained in the collision.
The investigation is ongoing and is being conducted by Detective Mike Wathen. He was assisted on the scene by Post 3 Troopers, Butler County EMS, Butler County Sheriff’s Department, Butler County Coroner, Bear Creek Fire Department, and Air Evac.