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Johnson Co. man killed in wreck

US 460 East – A young Johnson County man was killed in a two-vehicle collision on US 460 as he was returning home from work as a crane operator in Lexington Wednesday afternoon.

Kentucky State Police Pikeville Post reported they received a call from Magoffin County Sheriff’s Office regarding the fatal wreck on US 460 in Magoffin County between Salyersville and Paintsville at approximately 3:46 p.m. November 17.

According to the initial investigation by KSP, 23-year-old Tyler McCallister, of Paintsville, was operating a 2007 Black Lexus, traveling eastbound on US 460 when his vehicle collided with the rear of a 2020 Peterbilt commercial vehicle, described as a concrete truck., operated by 51-year-old Cam Price, of Salyersville.

Magoffin County Deputy Coroner Brian Parker pronounced McCallister deceased on the scene.

Parker told Mortimer Media Group, “I was coming back from Paintsville and come up on the accident that had just occurred and stopped traffic. Two employees from Wells had run across the street. The car was somewhat smoking. We don’t know if was the air bag or engine, itself, but they ran to go get a fire extinguisher just to play it safe. I tried to get a response from Mr. McCallister, with no response. Mr. McCallister was traveling eastbound toward Paintsville, right there close to the entrance of the Wells Concrete. They had a truck that was waiting for oncoming traffic, two cars passed, and a commercial vehicle was turning into Wells and was struck in the rear/left rear of the vehicle. Mr. McCallister did not have a seatbelt on and was possibly traveling at a high rate of speed. He was taken to Frankfort for an autopsy, with everything pending investigation.”

The investigation is ongoing by KSP Accident Reconstructionist Technician, Trooper Dustin Thompson. Thompson was assisted on scene by Kentucky State Police Post 9 personnel, Kentucky State Police Commercial Vehicle Enforcement officers, Magoffin County Sheriff’s Office, Magoffin County Rescue Squad and Lifeguard Ambulance Service.

Law enforcement shut down the road, again, on Tuesday this week to reconstruct the accident as the investigation continues.

Funeral services for McCallister were held on Monday, November 22 at the Phelps and Son Funeral Home. His full obituary is on page A4.

McCallister was the nephew of the SI’s advertising manager, Vanessa Castle. The Salyersville Independent extends our thoughts and prayers to this family.

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