Commonwealth Journal

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May 8, 2009

Two women injured as SUV flips on Ky. 196 in Faubush

Somerset — Two women were injured Friday afternoon in a one-vehicle accident located near the Russell County line on Ky. 196 Friday afternoon.

According to Pulaski County Sheriff Todd Wood, the driver of a 1994 Isuzu Trooper, Barbara Rivers, 61, of Twin Oaks Road, Nancy, had to be extricated from her vehicle by emergency personnel Friday afternoon after the vehicle left the roadway and flipped, coming to rest in a ditch on the side of Ky. 196.

Wood said Rivers and a passenger in the vehicle, Tina Geddie, 59, also of Nancy, were traveling east on Ky. 196 in Faubush when the accident occurred. Wood said Rivers apparently overcorrected after the vehicle first dropped off the roadway. That caused the Isuzu to leave the road on the south side, striking a curb and causing the vehicle to flip on its top.

Rivers and Geddie were both trapped inside the vehicle and both parties had to be “mechanically freed” by members of the Pulaski County Rescue Squad and the Nancy Volunteer Fire Department.

Wood said Rivers and Geddie were both conscious and talking while crews worked to free them.

“It could’ve certainly been much worse,” Wood said.

Bill Shelton, of Somerset, who witnessed the accident occur said the Isuzu went “airborn” after Rivers lost control of the vehicle while overcorrecting.

Crews first arriving on the scene were concerned that Rivers and Geddie had been pinned underneath the vehicle, but Wood said upon closer examination they discovered the two women were still in the car and not physically pinned under it.

Wood said it did not appear that the two women were wearing seat belts at the time of the accident.

Emergency personnel requested that Rivers be flown out by helicopter, but the service was unavailable due to the stormy weather conditions.

Wood said Rivers’ and Geddie’s injuries didn’t appear to be life threatening.

Both women were transferred to the Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital for treatment of their injuries. Both women were still being treated in the emergency room as of press time Friday.

Also assisting on the scene were the Faubush Tri-County Volunteer Fire Department, Somerset EMS and SAFE Patrol.

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