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Convoy Planned For Slain Trucker

May 31, 1985

SOUTH WILLIAMSON, Ky. (AP) _ A coal truck driver killed by a sniper as he drove through a mountain pass will be honored by a convoy of truckers before his funeral, mining company officials said Friday.

Hayes West, 35, was killed Wednesday as he hauled non-union coal along U.S. 119 between Pikeville, Ky., and the West Virginia border.

He was one of five truckers shot in the strike-torn coal region this week. The others suffered minor injuries.

The convoy, led by West’s brother, Philip West, will form in in this community on Sunday, and will travel the same route West was driving when he was slain, said officials of Samoyed Energy Co., the company whose coal West was hauling.

No arrests have been made in the shootings.

Meanwhile, Kentucky State Police reported Friday that the windshield of a coal truck was shattered by a rock near McCarr in Pike County. No one was injured.

Police arrested a man for throwing rocks at traffic along a highway, but no one was arrested for breaking the truck window, said Trooper Ken Frost.

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