Press Release

Whitley County Sheriff Dept.

On October 13, 2016, a wreck occurred along US Hwy 25 near Black Oak in Southern Whitey County. Due to the severity of the wreck, Kentucky State Police was called to reconstruct the accident scene.

Initial findings by sheriff’s deputies indicate that an early 1990’s Chevrolet truck was travelling northbound on US Hwy 25 when the steering locked up, according to the driver. The truck collided head-on with a Pontiac coupe traveling southbound.

The driver of the Pontiac, 53-year-old Tammy Chapman, had to be extricated from the vehicle by fire and rescue workers. She was airlifted to the University of Tennessee Medical Center. As of 11 p.m. Oct. 14, she is considered to be in “serious” condition.

The driver of the Chevrolet truck, 33-year-old Wanda Kilgore, was also airlifted to the UT Medical Center. Hospital staff report that she was treated and discharged.

A male passenger in Kilgore’s truck was transported by Whitley County EMS to Jellico Community Hospital.

Deputy Joe Prewitt, who is investigating the wreck, said no criminal charges are likely to be filed. Dep. Prewitt was assisted by Dep. Brian Hensley, Dep. James Tabor, Kentucky State Police Troopers Elliott and Larkey, the South Whitley Fire Department, Jellico Rescue Squad and the Jellico Police Department.

Please join the sheriff’s department in keeping those involved in this wreck in your thoughts or prayers. Also, thank you to all who helped share news that US Hwy 25 was closed due to the wreck and those who avoided the area.