A woman was killed Tuesday morning after she ran a stop sign and a garbage truck collided with her vehicle at the intersection of Louisville and Waddy roads, just across the Franklin County line into Shelby County, according to Kentucky State Police.
Jeff Ivers, chief deputy coroner for Shelby County, identified the victim as Martha A. White, 44, of Wolf Coal in Breathitt County. White worked in operations and food service for the Kentucky Department of Parks for 11 years.
Ivers said it appeared the 2008 Chevrolet sedan, which was traveling northbound on Waddy Road, was crossing the intersection when it was hit by the garbage truck, which was moving westbound on Louisville Road.
Jamie Willard, of Waddy, the driver of the Republic Services garbage truck, stayed silent at the scene. He was not injured.
There were skid marks from the garbage truck on Louisville Road, and the truck had mangled the car into a ditch on the westbound side of the road. The passenger’s side of the car was crushed in.
White died immediately of blunt force trauma, Ivers said. She was wearing a seat belt. Ivers said he was not anticipating the involvement of drugs or alcohol, but was waiting for the results of routine toxicology reports.
Elaine Walker, commissioner of the Parks Department, said White was driving a state vehicle from Natural Bridge State Resort Park to General Butler State Resort Park to attend a supervisor training session.
White had been promoted on Oct. 1 to dining room supervisor at Natural Bridge after working as a front-desk clerk and hostess at Buckhorn Lake State Resort Park since 2001.
“We’re going to have a number of employees who are going to have a very difficult time dealing with her death,” Walker said. She said her department was working to help staff members cope, especially those at Buckhorn Lake who had grown close to White and her family.
Greta Burnette Gay, manager of Buckhorn Lake, said White was a wonderful and beloved employee.
“All my guests loved her and they all knew her by name,” Gay said.
She said White was well deserving of her promotion.
Shelby County EMS and firefighters responded to the accident around 9 a.m., said Toby Marlin, assistant fire chief of East U.S. 60 Fire Department in Shelby County. About 10 emergency vehicles – including several from Kentucky State Police and Shelby County Sheriff’s Office – arrived on scene.
KSP is investigating the wreck.
The intersection was closed around 9:30 a.m., and the body was not removed from the vehicle until 10:30 a.m., when it was loaded onto a stretcher and covered in a white sheet while it was moved to an ambulance.