Woman seriously injured in south Whitley crash Tuesday
One woman had to be flown by fixed-wing aircraft to the University of Tennessee Medical Center in Knoxville after a single-vehicle injury accident in southern Whitley County early Tuesday afternoon.
The accident was reported about 12:43 p.m. off Ky. 1804 in the Bunker Hill area.
Loretta Lawson was driving a green Chevrolet Cavalier when she lost control, spun around in a curve and hit a telephone pole near the driver's side back door, said South Whitley Volunteer Fire Chief Wayne Honeycutt.
The vehicle then left the roadway and went down a 20-25 foot embankment trapping her inside, Honeycutt said.
Once Jellico Rescue Squad arrived with the Jaws of Life, it took firefighters and rescue workers about 20 minutes to extricate her from the vehicle, carry her up the embankment and load her into a waiting ambulance, Honeycutt said.
Whitley County EMS then transported her to the Williamsburg-Whitley County Airport where she was loaded onto Air Evac Lifeteam's medical airplane and flown to Knoxville.
Emergency medical helicopters weren't flying at the time due to bad weather.
The victim complained of shoulder pain and suffered some head trauma in the crash.
Emergency crews were on the scene for nearly two hours, Honeycutt estimates.
Kentucky State Police Trooper David Lassiter is investigating the accident.
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