Crash kills two on US 31

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By Robin Bass

Two people died Thursday morning as a result of a head-on collision on US 31-E in the southwestern portion of Spencer County.

Phyllis M. Cook, 56, of Lebanon was driving northbound when she apparently lost control of her vehicle in a curve, said Trooper Ron Turley, Kentucky State Police public information officer. Her 2007 Chevrolet crossed the center line into the path of an oncoming vehicle driven by John V. Maradits, 43, of Louisville. Neither vehicle had passengers.

Maradits was pronounced dead at the scene by the Bullitt County Coroner’s office.

Cook was flown by Stat Care to University of Louisville Hospital where he was later pronounce dead by the Jefferson County Coroner’s office.

Other agencies assisting at the scene were Spencer County EMS and Bullitt County EMS.

The collision is currently under investigation by KSP Post 12 in Frankfort.