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Child dies after Highway 146 wreck

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By Taylor Riley

 A 14-year-old child has died after a head-on collision on Highway 146 on March 13.

After several days in the hospital, Colston Melton, 14, of Pendleton was pronounced dead on March 19, according to a KSP media release.

The two vehicles involved were traveling on opposite sides of the highway and collided head-on; there were eight victims total in the two vehicles.

Heather Mills of Campbellsburg, in her early 30s, drove a Dodge pickup, and Kimberley Melton of Pendleton, in her early 40s, drove the other vehicle, according to KSP Post 5 in Campbellsburg. Six children total were in both vehicles. It is not known how many youth were in each.

One vehicle crossed the center line on the roadway, but it is unclear which vehicle crossed over. The wreck is under investigation by KSP, according to KSP Trooper Steven Dykes, Post 5 Public Information Officer.

All eight people involved incurred injuries, and now one fatality. Both drivers are seriously injured, according to KSP Post 5 Lt. Brad Arterburn.

The injured were so numerous and severe that Oldham County EMS and Air Care from Air Methods KY-7, KY-11 and the University of Cincinnati Health Air Care-1 were called in, according to the New Castle fire department post.

Three helicopters transported Mills, Melton and Colston to the hospital.. All other children were transported to Norton Children’s Hospital by Henry County EMS ambulances with non-life-threatening injuries and later released, according to Lt. Arterburn. Both drivers are at University of Louisville and the child is at Norton Children’s Hospital.

The case is active and ongoing.  KSP Post 5 accident reconstructionists will be furthering the investigation. 

A fundraiser for the Melton family will be held April 1 from 5 to 10 p.m. at all three Gustavo's restaurants, and 10 percent of checks will go to the Meltons, according to a post from Elizabeth Tindle. Limestone Bank locations in Eminence and Pleasureville are also collecting donations. A memorial service is scheduled for 6-9 p.m. March 27 at Southeast Christian Church in La Grange.

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