Man dies in early morning Pike County crash

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Published: Jan. 20, 2022 at 8:24 AM EST
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PIKE COUNTY, Ky. (WYMT) - Update: WYMT has learned a man has died following a crash on US 23 in Pike County.

Thursday afternoon, Pikeville police said a car turned off US 23 and into the path of a commercial truck.

The truck hit the passenger side of the car.

We are told the driver and two passengers of the car were taken to Pikeville Medical Center.

Police said Eric Blankenship, 42, was pronounced dead at the hospital.

The driver of the truck was unharmed.

No drugs or alcohol is suspected.

The crash remains under investigation.

US 23 Southbound is back open.


A Facebook post by the Pikeville Police Department said officers are on the scene of a two-car crash involving a commercial truck.

They said it is at the intersection of US 23 and Kentucky 3946 in front of Captain D’s.

You are asked to use caution in the area.

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