BURNSIDE, Ky. (WYMT) - The Pulaski County Sheriff's Department confirmed that U.S. 27 in the Burnside Community of Pulaski County was closed following a crash.
Officials say it happened near the intersection of Walnut Street.
Our reporter on the scene reports one woman was killed in the head-on collision and a 5-year-old child later died at UK Hospital. The driver of the second vehicle, Brandy Montgomery, 41, of Pine Knot was taken to UK Hospital for life-threatening injuries and is still in critical condition at last check.
The Pulaski County coroner identified the woman killed as Deanna Chaney, 42, of Eubank. She was pronounced dead at Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital. There will be an autopsy.
The five-year-old child was identified as Kyleigh Hobbs. Chaney was her grandmother.
The road was shut down for several hours as deputies reconstructed the scene. It is back open now.
Chaney was driving southbound in a rural postal carrier vehicle. Montgomery was driving northbound when she crossed the center line and hit Chaney head-on, deputies said.
We are told weather may have been a factor in the crash, as it was raining hard when it happened, but the official cause is not known.
"Of course here in the limits, you would think with it just starting to rain, you would think it would be a slower limit from the speed limit," said Pulaski County Sheriff's Office Captain Troy McLin. "It appears that everyone was wearing seat belts. The five-year-old was in a booster seat."
The speed limit where the crash happened is 35 miles per hour. The crash is under investigation, but police said alcohol or drugs are not suspected factors.
Chaney was a mail carrier for the Eubank Post Office. The US Postal Service issued a statement asking the community to join its employees as they pray for those affected by the accident.