2 dead following crash in Somerset stemming from police chase
SOMERSET, Ky. - Two people have died after a crash in Somerset.
The crash happened around 3:30 p.m. Wednesday at the intersection of U.S. 27 South and Adams Street.
Officials with Kentucky State Police say a Science Hill police officer saw someone in a Pontiac G6 driving erratically and tried to pull them over, but police say the person wouldn't stop.
The driver of the Pontiac, later identified as Steven Vanhook, 33, was traveling at a high rate of speed when police say he hit a pickup truck. That truck then hit a Department of Homeland Security officer's vehicle. The officer was not involved in the chase.
Vanhook and the driver of the truck, later identified as Dylan Snow, 18, died as a result of the crash. The Department of Homeland Security officer suffered minor injuries.
The crash was captured by security cameras at a nearby Bojangles' Famous Chicken 'n Biscuits. Employees there told Fox 56 they were horrified by what happened.
"[The person] had to have been going way over [the speed] - 110-120," said Jeanene Hardin, assistant unit director.
Employees said customers at the restaurant went silent when the crash happened.
"We instantly knew," said Delinda Dillon, crew member. "We instantly knew that the guy in the truck and the car - there was nobody going to survive that."
People who heard the impact and saw the debris said they were surprised an already awful situation wasn't worse.
"Anything of this magnitude, it impacts the whole city," said Michael Bell, who lives in Somerset. "Everybody was thinking, it could have been one of their family members in that."
State police are investigating what led up to the crash.