All victims of Highway 355 crash now identified

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By Molly Haines

UPDATE (4 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 8): Owen County Coroner Mark Garnett has identified the remaining victims in a crash that claimed three lives near the 16000 Block of Highway 355 Wednesday.


64-year-old Dave Harrison and 63-year-old Sheryl Harrison, of Perry Park, were the victims of the vehicle that caught fire. Garnett said the married couple moved to Perry Park about two years ago from Minnesota. 

We will continue to update this story as more information becomes available. 


An Owen County man has been identified as one of the victims involved in a fiery crash that claimed three lives near the 16000 block of Highway 355 Wednesday.
Hobert "Hobie" Humphrey was the driver of a small pickup truck traveling southbound on Highway 355, according to Kentucky State Police Trooper Steven Dykes. Humphrey’s vehicle exited the roadway on the outside shoulder, then overcorrected and rotated into the oncoming lane.
Humphrey’s truck struck a northbound vehicle, according to Dykes, which caught on fire.
Due to the nature of the accident, the victims in the northbound vehicle have yet to be identified.
“We have them identified we believe, but we can’t really confirm it,” Dykes said. “We can’t notify next of kin until we’re certain. We’re essentially waiting on pending analysis from dental records.”
The New Liberty Volunteer Fire Department and Owen County EMS were dispatched to the scene of the crash at approximately 11:40 a.m. after a passerby called 911. Dykes said there were no witnesses and all three people involved were deceased upon the arrival of emergency personnel.
“All of the factors are yet to be determined,” Dykes said. “It’s undetermined if the weather was a factor. It could be the main reason it occurred, but until they actually do the full assessment of the wreck they won’t be able to determine that for sure.”
Humphrey, 57, was the father of four children according to his brother, Joe Humphrey of Louisville.
“He was a good person; he cared about everybody,” Joe Humphrey said. “He was a union ironworker, he retired from Local 70 in Louisville. He’s taken care of a lot of people over at his house, kids and grandkids. He was just a good person.”
Kentucky State Police, the Worthville Fire Department, Owen County Emergency Management, the Owen County Sheriff's Office and Owen County Coroner Mark Garnett assisted at the scene. 
We will have more information on this story as it becomes available.