MOUNTAIN PARKWAY – Two were taken to the hospital after an accident on the Mountain Parkway on Sunday.
At approximately 2 p.m. emergency crews were dispatched to a two-vehicle wreck that occurred on the Mountain Parkway near the Gifford Road exit.
Magoffin County Rescue Squad Captain Carter Conley said the driver of the first vehicle, whose name has not been released, was entering the Mountain Parkway from Gifford Road, heading toward Salyersville, when she accidently took the wrong exit, putting her in the westbound lanes, traveling east.
The driver of the second vehicle was traveling west on the Mountain Parkway and attempted to swerve and miss her vehicle, however, the two collided. His truck rode the guardrail approximately 30 to 40 feet, flipped completely over and landed back on its wheels on the other side of the guardrail. He was out of the vehicle when emergency crews arrived, but was taken by Trans-Star to Paul B. Hall Regional Medical Center for evaluation.
The first car was spun around in the roadway, facing the opposite direction. Conley said the dash was pushed in, pinning the driver. He said she was alert and talking to crews the whole time as they worked to take off the door and the B-post. She sustained a severe knee injury to her left leg, and they tried to call for a helicopter, though the weather didn’t permit flight. She was transported by Trans-Star to Pikeville Medical Center for treatment.
The westbound lane was closed for roughly an hour on Sunday as crews worked to clear the scene. The accident was worked by the Magoffin County Sheriff Department, Magoffin County Rescue Squad and Trans-Star Ambulance Services.
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