PIKE COUNTY, Ky. – Three minor accidents on Wednesday afternoon sent two drivers to jail and kept fire, ambulance and law enforcement officials busy.
The first accident occurred on US 119 at the intersection near the Harvey Street Bridge. It involved a 2014 Toyota Corolla driven by Dewey Murphy of Lovely, Ky. and a 2001 Chevy Tahoe operated by an unidentified driver.
According to the initial investigation, the Corolla was stopped at the intersection for a red light, when it was hit from behind by the Tahoe.
A passenger in the Toyota Corolla was assessed at the scene by medical personnel from Appalachian First Response Ambulance Service.
Kentucky State Police (KSP) Trooper J. McLellan investigated the accident and members of the Belfry Volunteer Fire Department assisted at the scene with traffic control.
The second accident, occurred around the same time as the first, on Route 319 on Hardy Mountain in a construction area.
According to a report obtained from the Blackberry Volunteer Fire Department (BBVFD), Roby Gearles of North Matewan was operating a 2004 Chevrolet pickup toward Blackberry, when he hit a 1999 Chevrolet pickup driven by Jeanna Hensley of Ransom, Ky.
Hensley was stopped on the mountain due to construction work.
No injuries were reported.
The accident was investigated by KSP Trooper H.L. Smith.
Gearles was arrested at the scene and charged with driving under the influence (DUI) and no insurance.
He was lodged in the Pike County Detention Center.
BBVFD was on scene for approximately one and a half hours. The department responded with two trucks and six members to assist with traffic control, clear debris from the roadway and clean up a fluid spill.
The third accident occurred behind Hardee’s on the Mall Road around 5 o’clock Wednesday evening.
According to officials, a vehicle operated by Candace Loy of Huddy, Ky. was going up the hill toward the mall when for unknown reasons the vehicle started to roll backward down the hill, the vehicle then crossed Mall Road, went over an embankment and into the Hardee’s parking lot.
Loy was taken into custody by Trooper Smith and charged with XXXXX, she was lodged in the Pike County Detention Center.
Belfry Volunteer Fire Department and Appalachian First Response Ambulance Service responded to the accident also.
Kendra Mahon is a reporter for the Williamson Daily News, she can be contacted at [email protected] or 304-235-4242 ext 2278.