Commonwealth Journal

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May 15, 2007

Injury accidents

Several people are hurt in accidents yesterday, over weekend

Two separate accidents sent two individuals to the University of Kentucky Medical Center, and another sent six others to Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital over the last three days.

According to the Somerset Police Department, yesterday morning at 8:40 a.m., the department responded to an injury accident on North U.S. 27, near the city limits, which sent a Monticello man to the UK Medical Center.

Upon arrival, officers found that James Evans, 41, of Carlisle, Ky., had been driving a 1997 F-650 truck south on U.S. 27, and when he tried to slow down for traffic in front of him, he lost control of the truck.

At that point, Evans’ vehicle crossed into the northbound lane and struck a 1992 Chevrolet pickup driven by Dustin Lair, 23, of Monticello, Ky.

Both vehicles came to rest in the northbound shoulder with Evans’ vehicle on its side.

Evans was wearing a seat belt at the time of the accident, and was uninjured.

Meanwhile, Lair was unrestrained and was partially ejected from the vehicle.

Both drivers were treated at the scene by the Somerset Fire/EMS Department.

Lair was transported to Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital and then airlifted to the University of Kentucky by LifeNet.

A spokesperson for the UK Medical Center said Lair was in good condition on Monday evening.

Assisting at the scene was the Pulaski County Fire Coordinator, Region 12 Hazardous Materials Special Response Team, and Hinkle Contracting Company. Also called to the scene were Somerset Police Department Accident Reconstruction officers, with Jeff Girdler as the investigating officer.

The investigation is continuing.

Saturday evening, according to the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department, a Burnside man was taken to the UK Medical Center after he lost control of the Moped he was driving.

The sheriff’s department said the accident occurred approximately 12 miles south of Somerset on Cave Springs Spur Road at 10:24 p.m. when Elmer P. Smith, 54, Cave Springs Road, Burnside, was operating a 2005 Predator Moped northbound on Cave Springs Spur Road, when he lost control of the vehicle and was ejected onto the roadway.

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