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Injured man charged with driving intoxicated after Payne Gap wreck



Police say alcohol and drugs contributed to the cause of a wreck at Payne Gap on June 2.

Frank M. McFall, 54, of 934 Goose Creek Road, Neon, was charged with operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol or drugs and possession of an open alcoholic beverage container in motor vehicle.

Lt. Brian Damron of the Letcher County Sheriff ’s Department said McFall was driving a 2001 black Ford Ranger pickup truck around 5:50 p.m. on June 2 when the vehicle dropped off of the roadway while traveling northbound on US 119.

“When he attempted to come back on the road the vehicle hit a spot of gravel and the vehicle came back across the northbound lane striking a state vehicle traveling in the southbound lane causing the state vehicle to roll,” said Damron.

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet truck was being driven by John Mays, 63, of Holly Bush in Knott County.

Damron said McFall’s pickup truck then struck a 1998 Chevrolet Monte Carlo operated by Curtis Slone, of Vicco in Perry County, which caused McFall’s pickup truck to roll.

Members of the Jenkins Volunteer Fire Department extricated McFall from his vehicle. McFall, Mays and Slone were transported to the Whitesburg Appalachian Regional Healthcare hospital where they were treated and released.

The Neon Volunteer Fire Department and Kentucky State Police also assisted with the wreck.

Damron, who has charge of the investigation, wrote in a citation that he could smell what appeared to be alcohol on McFall’s breath after he was removed from his vehicle. Damron also wrote that McFall stated in the Whitesburg emergency room that he took hydrocodone tablets and that he had taken three earlier that day.

An arraignment date has not yet been set for McFall.

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