Whitesburg KY

Woman airlifted to Kingsport for treatment after accident

A Jenkins woman was flown by helicopter to Holston Valley Medical Center in Kingsport, Tenn., for treatment of injuries she suffered during a two-vehicle accident near Kona on Tuesday.

Kentucky State Police Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Officer Clinton Combs said Kimberly Bates, 28, was listed in stable condition after the Chevy S-10 pickup truck in which she was riding was hit by a white Pontiac Grand Prix. Combs said the pickup truck was traveling north on U.S. 119 around 11:30 a.m. on Oct. 6 when the driver of the Grand Prix attempted to turn onto KY 805 from U.S. 119 and pulled out in front of the pickup. The truck hit the passenger side of the car.

Combs would not name the other persons involved in the crash because the victims’ family members had not been notified at Mountain Eagle press time.

Combs said a passenger in the car, a 26-year-old man from Whitesburg, and two passengers in the truck, a 26-year-old man from McRoberts and a 20-year-old man from Newport, Tenn., were taken by ambulance to the Whitesburg hospital for treatment.

Combs said Bates “was awake and conscious” and was airlifted to Kingsport because she had “a couple of pretty bad gashes on her head and one on her ankle.”

Neither alcohol nor drugs are suspected as contributing causes of the collision.

“One pulled out in front of the other one and one might have been going too fast,” said Combs.

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