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August 13, 2011

Casey child involved in accident in serious condition

Somerset — A young child who was flown from the scene of a car accident in far western Pulaski County this week continues to recover from her injuries.

Alexia Whited, 4, of Liberty, Ky., remains at Kosair Children’s Hospital, located in Louisville, Ky., and as of Friday she remained in serious condition, according to a spokesperson with the hospital.

Whited was one of six people injured Monday afternoon in a three-vehicle accident located on West Ky. 80 around 17 miles west of Somerset near the Pulaski-Casey County line.

According to the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department, the accident occurred at around 3 p.m. Monday when a westbound 2004 Nissan Altima, driven by Corey McCawley, 20, of Liberty, Ky., crossed the center line and struck an eastbound 2010 Chevrolet HHR driven by Ron Haggard, 59, also of Liberty, Ky.

Whited was a passenger in the Nissan when the accident occurred.

After the collision, Haggard’s vehicle left the roadway, flipping at least once over an embankment, before coming to rest on the north side of West Ky. 80, according to the sheriff’s department.

Haggard and a passenger in his vehicle, Sarah Haggard, 62, also of Liberty, Ky., had to be extricated from the Chevrolet by the Pulaski County Rescue Squad.

Sarah Haggard, the second patient transported by air, was treated and airlifted from the scene to the University of Kentucky Medical Center by Air Evac. A spokesperson with the UK Medical Center said on Friday that Sarah Haggard had been discharged from the hospital.

A third vehicle, a 2005 Jeep Liberty, driven by Barbara Weddle, 52, of Liberty, Ky., was behind the Haggards’ vehicle at the time of the initial impact and was also involved in a “very minor” way. Weddle and her passengers were not injured, according to the sheriff’s department.

Ron Haggard and Corey McCawley were transported to Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital on Monday. Ron Haggard was treated but not admitted and McCawley had been discharged as of Tuesday afternoon.

Kayla Buis, 22, of Liberty, Ky., and Branson McCawley, 2 months, who were passengers in the Corey McCawley vehicle alongside Whited, were also transported to LCRH. Branson McCawley wasn’t admitted, and Buis was discharged by Tuesday.

Emergency personnel remained on the scene until around 4:30 p.m. Monday, and West Ky. 80 remained shut down at that location until the scene was cleaned up.

The Nancy Volunteer Fire Department and Pulaski County Public Safety Director Tiger Robinson also responded alongside the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department, the Pulaski County Rescue Squad, Air Evac, Air Methods, and Somerset-Pulaski County EMS.


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