SALYERSVILLE - One woman was fatally injured in a crash with a tractor-trailer on the Mountain Parkway on Monday.
Just before 11 a.m. Monday, July 14, two miles west of Salyersville, Merion Phillips, 41, of West Liberty, was driving toward Lexington in a silver Chrysler sedan when he lost control of the vehicle, which crossed the middle lane, hitting head-on a tractor-trailer that was "bobtailing," or driving without a trailer, toward Salyersville.
Upon impact the car spun roughly 180 degrees, hitting the truck, again, with the back end of the vehicle, then spun another 180 degrees, stopping against the guardrail.
The passenger of the sedan, Christy Mullins, 33, of Pikeville, was pronounced dead at the scene by Magoffin County Coroner Mark Jenkins. Reportedly, she was asleep in the passenger seat and was not wearing a seatbelt at the time of the accident. Her body was sent to the medical examiner's office for an autopsy, according to officials.
Rescue officials said Phillips referred to Mullins as his fiancé and told them the two were headed to West Liberty to a farm they owned.
Witnesses told officials the road was wet at the time of the accident and that they had seen the vehicle fishtail before completely losing control and running into the other lane. Phillips reportedly stated he was driving with cruise control.
The driver of the truck, whose name has not been released, received a minor injury to his hand and was treated on scene. Witnesses stated the driver of the truck got all the way over against the guardrail to miss the oncoming vehicle, with the point of impact determined to be more than half way over into his lane.
Phillips was transported by Transtar to Paul B. Hall, then transferred to Pikeville Medical Center, where he is his listed in critical condition.
The Mountain Parkway was closed for 4 hours as crews cleaned up the scene, with traffic diverted to Kentucky Route 30 and US 460.
The wreck happened at the exact same location another fatal accident occurred in the past, with the cross marking the death just on the other side of the guardrail where the sedan finally stopped.
Magoffin County Rescue Squad, Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Officers through Kentucky State Police, and Salyersville Fire Department worked the scene, with traffic diversion covered by the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet District 10.
Two more accidents occurred on the Mountain Parkway later that same day. A female University of Pikeville Kentucky College of Osteopathic Medicine student traveling to Louisville to take her boards clipped the end of the guardrail at the 70-mile marker and slid onto the embankment. She was taken to Paul B. Hall as a precaution.
A two-vehicle collision occurred on the Morgan County side of the county line just as crews were working the one-vehicle accident. Kentucky State Police released the following about the wreck:
(West Liberty, KY) - On Monday, July 14, 2014 at 4:35 p.m. Kentucky State Police in Morehead received a call of an injury accident at the 63 mile marker on the Bert T. Combs Parkway.
Trooper Charles Bolin, Trooper Bret Kirkland, Morgan County EMS and the Morgan County Rescue Squad responded to the scene.
After an investigation of the scene was completed it was determined, Brenda Boyd, age 61, of Pikeville, KY was traveling east in a 2014, Toyota Camry, on the Bert T. Combs Parkway. Mrs. Boyd attempted to overtake a vehicle when she lost control, crossing the center line colliding with Mr. Dudley Stafford, age 59, of Mt. Sterling, KY. Mr. Stafford was traveling west in a 2008, Chrysler Van.
Mr. Stafford and Mrs. Boyd were transported to the Morgan County ARH Hospital. Mrs. Boyd was then air lifted by Air E-Vac, to the University of Kentucky Hospital where she is listed in stable condition. The collision remains under investigation by Trooper Charles Bolin.