In June 10 Issue
A wreck last Thursday morning in northern Russell County sent two to the University of Kentucky Medical Center via two air ambulances, according to state police.
KSP Trooper Bryan Shepard is investigating the wreck, which occurred at 10:35 a.m., on West KY 76, approximately five miles north of Russell Springs.
Brenda Wethington, 24, of Russell Springs, was driving a Black 1999 GMC when she attempted to turn onto West KY 76 from Sheperd Lane and pulled into the path of the a blue 1993 Ford van being driven by Juanita Scott, 38, of Columbia which was Westbound on KY 76.
Scott’s vehicle was unable to avoid the collision and hit Wethington, causing her vehicle to overturn.
Wethington had three passengers in her vehicle, according to police. 25-year-old Gregory Weaver, who was not belted, 2-year-old Adrian Wethington and 1-year-old Alyssa Wethington, all of Russell Springs. Both children in the Wethington vehicle were in child safety restraints, police said.
Scott had two passengers in her vehicle, Jonathan Scott, 14, and Corey Scott, 9, both of Columbia. All in the Scott vehicle were belted.
Brenda Wethington and Corey Scott were flown to the UK Medical Center. Juanita Scott, Jonathan Scott, Adrian Wethington and Alyssa Wethington were taken to the Russell County Hospital where they were treated and released. Gregory Weaver was not injured.
Sheperd was assisted at the scene by KSP Trooper Jamie Richard, Russell County EMS and the Russell Springs Volunteer Fire Department.
In a separate wreck, this one on Friday in Eli, two horses and their riders were struck by a vehicle, according to state police.
Trooper John Barnett is investigating that collision. It occurred on North KY 76 at 8:44 p.m. when James Beckner, 77, of Russell Springs was driving a 1997 Lincoln when he failed to stop, striking two horses that were also traveling the same roadway.
The horses were ridden by Dwayne Padgett, 25 of Russell Springs, and Paul Downs Jr., 24, also of Russell Springs.
Both riders were ejected from their horses, authorities said. Beckner was wearing his seatbelt and refused treatment while Downs also refused treatment. Padgett was taken by Russell County EMS to Russell County Hospital with non-life threatening injuries, police said.
Barnett was assisted at the scene by the Eli Volunteer Fire Department and Russell County EMS.