A Pineville man was killed Friday morning in a traffic accident on U.S. 25E just north for the city.

James Hatfield, 33, lost control of his vehicle, left the roadway and impacted a rock wall near the Delta gas station.

Bell County EMS, Bell County Rescue Squad and Bell County Volunteer Fire Department responded to the scene along with the Pineville Police Department and Pineville Fire Department at about 8:48 a.m. Friday.

Hatfield was ejected from the vehicle during the accident. He was taken to the Southeastern Kentucky Medical Center with severe injuries. Bell County Deputy Coroners Andrew Harris and Don Horton pronounced Hatfield deceased at approximately 9:30 a.m.

The accident investigation and reconstruction is ongoing, with the Pineville Police Department heading the efforts. The Coroner’s investigation is pending autopsy results, which were to take place at the State Medical Examiners Office in Frankfort Saturday.

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