Two people were flown to trauma centers by helicopter Saturday night after a head-on collision at Letcher.
The accident occurred about 7:48 p.m. December 28 on KY 7 near Burton Hill, 6.2 miles south of the intersection with Kentucky 15 at Isom.
According to Kentucky State Police in Hazard, Jacob Slone, 20, of Thornton, was driving south on KY 7 when his 2010 Chevy Malibu crossed the centerline and hit a 2018 Hyundai Santa Fe SUV driven by Jessica Wells, 35, of Whitesburg. Both drivers suffered serious injuries in the accident, police said, and both had to be extricated from vehicles by fire departments, Letcher Volunteer Fire Chief Wallace “Spanky” Bolling said.
Slone and Wells were both taken by ambulance to a landing zone near Letcher Fire and Rescue at Spring Branch and both were put on helicopters. One was flown to Pikeville Medical Center and the other to Holston Valley, KSP MTrooper Jody Sims said.
Three children were in Wells’s vehicle. Sims said they were walking around at the scene, but two were taken by ambulance to Whitesburg ARH Hospital emergency room, and later transferred to the University of Kentucky Medical Center in Lexington.
Sandlick Volunteer Fire Department and Neon Fire Rescue assisted Letcher with the rescue.
Kentucky State Police are investigating the collision. Sims said drug or alcohol impairment is not suspected as a contributing factor. The highway and railroad were shut down for more than hour while the victims were cut out of their vehicles and transferred to ambulances.