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Lewis Henry Scott Accident
Road Mishap Claims Life of Countian, 83
The Lexington Progress
August 15, 1979

A tragic series of mishaps left an elderly Henderson Countian dead Saturday. Lewis Henry Scott, 83, died at Jackson General Hospital after the car he was driving crashed with a Henderson County ambulance two miles north on Highway 104. State Trooper Neal Evans said the accident happened about 7:25 a.m. Mr. Scott was a retired carpenter and was driving toward Lexington. Trooper Evans said the highway was slick and the ambulance, driven by Jerry Meek, was apparently on the wrong side of the road. He said the accident continues under investigation. Ironically, the ambulance was headed for Interstate 40 where an unidentified man had been killed when struck by a car.

State Trooper Johnny Gossett said the man, estimated between 50-55 years if age, was struck in the eastbound emergency strip by a 1977 Buick driven by George C. Reyes, who was moving from Texas to New York. Trooper Gossett said Mr. Reyes reported he pulled to the side to change drivers shortly after 7 a.m. and did not see the man. This accident happened at the 96 mile marker, about a mile from the Madison-Henderson County line. The dead man's body was sent to Memphis. Trooper Gossett said his pockets contained 11 pennies. The man was about 6 ft. tall and weighed about 185. No charges have been filed.

Services for Mr. Scott were Monday at Pafford Funeral Home with Rev. Jimmy Scott officiating. Burial was in Pleasant Hill Cemetery. He leaves a son, Collis Scott of McKenzie; a daughter, Mrs. Christine Haynes of Chicago; two sisters, Mrs. Elizabeth Settles of Mayfield, Ky., and Mrs. Nellie Pitts of Tiptonville; a brother, Melvin Scott of Lavinia; 13 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren.

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