Old Fonthill post office damaged in crash

An historic Russell County landmark was severely damaged earlier this week during a one-vehicle crash eight miles east of Russell Springs on KY 76, according to Russell County Sheriff Derek Polston.

Polston said that around 10:15 a.m. Tuesday, a 2021 Ford F-550 being driven by 37-year-old Melissa Thomas of Louisville dropped off the shoulder of the road and was unable to correct the vehicle, which was hauling a load of steel. The vehicle crashed into the front of the old Fonthill U.S. Post Office and general store, damaging the front and side of the historic building, which is currently owned by J.T. Wilson.

Thomas was not injured in the crash, according to authorities.

Russell County Deputy Sheriff Corey Meyer investigated the accident. He was assisted at the scene by the Eli Fire Department and Russell County EMS.