SOUTH WILLIAMSON, Ky. – Three people were injured in a 3- car accident at the intersection of U.S. 119 and the Kentucky side of the Harvey Street bridge just after 12:30 p.m. on Friday afternoon.
Two of the vehicles were the principle parties of the crash, while a third car was just in the wrong place at the wrong time.
The three persons that were taken by Appalachian First Response to Tug Valley ARH were Samantha and John Copley of Delbarton, W.Va. and Rebecca Mitchem of McCarr, Ky. The airbags were deployed in each of the cars.
Allegedly one of the vehicles ran a red light, according to emergency personnel at the scene. The Copley’s were driving a black Chevy Cobalt, while Mitchem was operating a sliver Chevy Cavalier. The passengers in a third vehicle, that were not identified, had their car struck in the driver’s side door. It was a maroon Toyota Corolla and they were not injured.
Trooper J.A. Nolte of Post 9 of the Kentucky State Police (KSP) detachment in Pikeville, Ky. is the investigating officer. He was assisted by the Pike County Sheriff’s Department and the Belfry Volunteer Fire Department (BVFD).
Traffic was blocked for about half an hour due to the accident and debris and fluid from the Cavalier were on the road. Firefighters of the BVFD put a drying agent on the antifreeze that had leaked out and then swept metal and plastic fragments that were scattered in about a 25 foot radius.
The investigation is still ongoing and citations could be issued at a later date.
This busy intersection has been the site of several collisions over the past years. Motorists are reminded to pay attention and drive carefully at all intersections, especially on weekends and during heavier traffic flow times.
(Kyle Lovern is the Editor for the Williamson Daily News. He can be contacted at [email protected] or at 304-235-4242, ext. 2277 or on Twitter @KyleLovern.)