KSP Investigating Fatal Wreck in McLean County

US 431 was Shutdown for Two Hours

LIVERMORE, Ky. (May 21, 2019) –Kentucky State Police troopers are investigating a two vehicle wreck which killed a Livermore man and injured two others. Troopers were notified of the wreck around 4:15p.m by McLean County authorities.  

Preliminary investigation reveals Phillip R. Atherton, 72 of Livermore and Phillip C. Atherton, 44 of Livermore were in a Kubota (side by side) UTV stopped at Barrett Hill Road and US 431, about four miles north of Livermore.

Elmo L. West, 87 of Utica was on US 431 traveling north in his 2001 Mercury Marquis. Investigators believe Phillip R. Atherton failed to see West and pulled out onto US 431 and into the path of West.

Phillip R. Atherton was pronounced dead on scene by McLean County Coroner’s Office and Phillip C. Atherton and Elmo West were both injured and taken by ambulance to Owensboro Health Regional Hospital. At last check, both were listed in critical condition.

Kentucky State Police troopers were assisted by McLean County Coroner’s Office, McLean County Sheriff’s Department; Livermore Fire Department and Central District Fire Department.

The investigation is on-going.

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