A mother and two children were transported by helicopters to a Tennessee hospital after all three were injured in a wreck at Kona Monday afternoon.
Kentucky State Police Trooper Michael Burton said the accident occured after two vehicles traveling toward Whitesburg on US 119 were stopped on the highway while the first vehicle was waiting to turn left onto Bill Lewis Drive.
A third driver, Bobbie N. Stamper, 30, of 327 Chip Drive, Whitesburg, was driving a white Ford Ranger pickup truck on US 119, also toward Whitesburg. Burton said the Stamper truck veered to the right in order to miss the two stopped vehicles, went off the roadway and overturned when it came back onto the road.
Stamper and the two passengers in the truck, a five-year-old girl and four-year-old boy, were ejected, said Burton. Stamper and the girl were not wearing seat belts, said Burton, and the boy had been wearing an adult seat belt instead of a booster seat.
The boy suffered a broken femur; the girl had a broken pelvic bone, and Stamper was unconscious after the wreck, said Burton.
The four-year-old boy was flown by helicopter from the scene to Holston Valley Medical Center in Johnson City, Tenn. The five-year-old girl and Stamper were transported to Whitesburg Appalachian Regional Healthcare (ARH) Hospital by ambulances and were later flown by helicopters to Holston Valley Medical Center.
Burton was assisted by the Letcher County Sheriff ’s Department and Jenkins, Neon and Whitesburg police departments.