Sheriff's deputy injured in Wednesday night wreck

Scott West

A Pulaski County Sheriff's Office deputy is recovering after being significantly injured in a two-vehicle accident Wednesday night.

Deputy Scott West suffered from multiple injuries, including a broken leg, after the sheriff's cruiser he was driving had a near-head on collision with a truck driven by a Shane Branscum, 40, of San Marco Drive in Somerset, according to Kentucky State Police, which is working the case.

West was off-duty at the time of the accident, which took place on Slate Branch Road at about 10 p.m. Wednesday.

KSP Trooper Seath Whiles said that, based on the information he was given and roadway evidence, West was heading toward Ky. 914 and the truck, which was pulling a trailer, was headed the opposite direction on Slate Branch Road. The truck's driver reportedly said he saw headlights in his lane of traffic, but didn't know it was a sheriff's deputy because the flashing lights weren't on.

Units that initially arrived at the scene said West told them he was following a car that he had seen go speeding through the neighborhood, according to Whiles.

"They sort of hit, almost head-on but off-center," said Whiles. "The front left side of the truck hit the front left side of the cruiser."

West was flown out to the University of Kentucky Medical Center for treatment of his injuries. A condition was not available from the hospital on West when contacted.

Whiles said that Branscum and his passenger, Justin Mayfield, 22, went to the local hospital from treatment of injuries which were not substantial.

West, a native of Somerset, currently serves as School Resource Officer for Southwestern High School. He has been with the sheriff's office since 2007.

Major Jeff Hancock said that the Pulaski County Sheriff's Office is "thinking about (West) and praying for him."

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