'Demo derby' on county's roads
In Aug. 14-20 issue
By Derek Aaron
Times Journal Reporter
With more traffic in and out of Russell County over the past week, numerous wrecks have been the norm on the county's roadways, with some reportedly being contributed to the US 127 Yard Sale's traffic congestion.
A wreck just before noon Sunday near the Russell Springs and Jamestown city limits on US 127 slightly injured one person.
The wreck, between Barnett Rd. and Cooper Rd., happened when a 2000 GMC Sierra driven by Rodney Lockaby, 54, of Hamilton, Ohio, was hit from behind by a a 1998 Chevrolet Malibu driven by Jackie Simpson, 28, of Liberty.
According to Sgt. Troy Young with the Russell Springs Police Department, Lockaby's vehicle was northbound on US 127, stopped in traffic, waiting for vehicles in front of him to turn when he was hit from behind by Simpson, who had taken his eyes off the road for a moment.
Lockaby had two passengers, Sue Lockaby, 53, of Hamilton and Vickie Glenn, 51, of Russell Springs. Simpson had two passengers as well, two-year-old Dylan Simpson and Crystal Coffman, 22, both of Liberty. Russell County EMS responded to the scene which held up busy 127 Yard Sale traffic for a time.
Last Saturday morning a wreck at the intersection of US 127 and Lakeway Drive near Sonic sent one person to Russell County Hospital with minor injuries. A 2000 Ford Ranger being driven by Matthew Chapman, 20, of Russell Springs, struck a 2000 Kia Sportage being driven by Grant Austin, 60, of Liberty, when Austin failed to yield the right of way and attempted an improper u-turn in front of Chapman's truck, leaving Chapman with nowhere to go, according to Officer Chasity Shirley with the Russell Springs Police Department.
A passenger in Chapman's vehicle, Roger Chapman, of Russell Springs, and a passenger in Austin's vehicle, Wanda Austin, 49, were taken, along with the drivers be Russell County EMS to the hospital for treatment. The road was closed around 40 minutes while the area was cleaned up, according to Shirley.
A single-vehicle wreck Friday afternoon just west of Russell Springs on the Louie B. Nunn Cumberland Parkway was attributed to speed, according to state police. Two people from Stearns in McCreary County were injured, according to the KSP.
Trooper Nathan Rhodes said that Pamela Shoopman, 39, and her passenger, Zachery Shoopman, 14, were taken to the Russell County Hospital for treatment of injuries by Russell County EMS.
Shoopman lost control of her eastbound traveling vehicle on the parkway which was traveling at a “high rate of speed,” according to Rhodes.
The vehicle struck a guardrail on the eastbound side of the parkway, crossing the median and then hitting the guardrail on the other side of the parkway.
Last Thursday afternoon, a Russell Springs man was hurt in a two-vehicle, rear-end collision in Jamestown.
Sgt. Jeff Kerns of the Jamestown Police Department said that Alfred John, 66, was taken from the scene on North Main Street in front of H.E. Pruitt Memory Chapel to the Russell County Hospital for treatment of his injuries.
John was driving a 1995 Eagle Vision when it was struck from behind by a 2003 Ford pickup being driven by Steve Pfoff, 48, of Jamestown. Lt. Tracy Irvin investigated the crash for the Jamestown Police Department. Members of the Jamestown Fire Department and the Russell County EMS also responded to the scene.
Two wrecks last Wednesday also sent several to the hospital, according to the Russell County Sheriff's Department.
Deputy Sheriff Nick Bertram worked a two-vehicle wreck in front of Stephens Pipe & Steel on Bernard Ridge Road that afternoon.
The wreck occurred just after 3:30 p.m. when a Chevrolet S-10 Blazer driven by Tyler Wilson, 16, of Russell Springs, hit a Dodge Dakota pickup from behind. The Dakota was being operated by 35-year-old Joe Allen, also of Russell Springs, while he was waiting to turn into Stephens Pipe & Steel’s parking lot.
Bertram said both Wilson and Allen and a teenage passenger in Wilson’s vehicle all declined treatment or transport by the Russell County EMS.Also on Wednesday, a two-vehicle wreck sent several people to the hospital.
Deputy Sheriffs Bertram and Clete McAninch said the wreck happened at the intersection of 910 and 76 near Salem school around 6:30 p.m.
A 2004 Dodge Intrepid driven by Larry Emerson, 58, of Russell Springs, was traveling south on Highway 76 the vehicle pulled in front of a 1998 Dodge Durango driven Darrin Walters, 22, of Russell Springs, according to Bertram.Emerson, along with his wife, Pam Emerson, and 10-month-old Presley Davis, were treated and released from the Russell County Hospital.
Walters refused treatment at the scene, but his passenger, Jordan LaFavers, 23, of Russell Springs was also treated at the hospital.