Woman killed in crash with two sheriff's deputies on US 23 identified

JOHNSON COUNTY, Ky. (WYMT) - 10 p.m. Update

We now know the name of the woman killed in a crash Tuesday on US 23.

Johnson County Coroner J.R. Frisby confirmed to WYMT Tuesday night that Betty Jewel Moore, 90, of Van Lear, died in the crash.

Police say Moore was making a U-turn when she collided with a Pike County Sheriff's Deputy's crusier.

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Officials say part of US 23 is shut down due to a crash.

The crash happened near C&C Tax and Bookkeeping Services in Paintsville.

W.R. Castle Fire-Rescue asks drivers to avoid the area as crews respond to the scene.

Authorities say a red car was making a u-turn when it collided head-on with a Pike County Sheriff's Deputy's cruiser.

"Advised they had one person they were doing CPR on so I knew it was going to be a serious collision," said Deputy Tim Clark.

There were two people in the red car, and police say the driver of that car is dead. The coroner was called to the scene. The driver was not wearing a seatbelt.

"I figured it would be bad but I've seen collisions worse that no one has got hurt in. The main thing is the seat belts. I don't know why people don't want to wear a seatbelt," said Trooper William Petry.

We are told two deputies were in the cruiser, along with one inmate they were transporting.

"It's like any other major crash you see like this on major highways. You know that it's bad when you see the whole road shut down," said Trooper William Petry.

Officials have not released details about where the deputies were taking the inmate or the condition of all three people at this time.

"At this time, we know there were 3 people in the deputies car and at least two, possibly three, not confirmed yet, there may have been 3 in the second car," said Petry.

The highway was closed down completely for more than one hour.

Kentucky State Police say to expect traffic to be stopped or slow in the area for the next few hours.

We have a picture of the cruiser but have not included it in the article due to its graphic nature.

We will update this as we learn more.

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