More details are now known about the vehicle versus ambulance wreck in Elkton Wednesday afternoon.
The incident happened around 3pm at the intersection of South Streets Avenue and West Main Street, according to Elkton Police Chief Bruce Marklin, who says 18-year old Christina Wilkerson of Coal Bank Road, Sharon Grove failed to yield the right of way and turned into the path of the ambulance on Main.
Todd County EMT Jason Heltsley of Russellville was operating the ambulance and was unable to avoid hitting the Wilkerson vehicle. The ambulance was on a call, but was not using its emergency equipment according to Ambulance Service Director Locky Beasley.
Heltsley and fellow EMT, Jared Southerland of Beachmont, were taken to Logan Memorial Hospital. Southerland had a compression fracture to the “T-spine” and Heltsley had minor abrasions to the face and arm.
Ms. Wilkerson and passenger 21-year old David Driskill of her same address, were treated and released from Jennie Stuart Medical Center. Chief Marklin said no charges were filed in connection with the incident.
Beasley is uncertain of the status of the ambulance involved, but has contacted multiple collision centers to get estimates. The all-important “box” portion of the ambulance was not damaged.
Slots are still open for the Hopkinsville Police Department Citizen’s Police Academy this month.
A news release says the academy begins August 30th and is an eight week long course that highlights the daily activities of the department.
The academy is taught by members of the department and gives pupils the chance to meet officers in a positive environment. All weekly classes are scheduled for Thursday evenings and will begin at 5pm and should conclude before 8.
Topics covered will include patrol, investigations, K-9 demonstrations, firearms training, among others. Participants may also attend a Saturday live fire exercise at the firearms range.
Anyone interested in taking the classes can pick up an application at the police department or download it off the city’s website before August 20th. It is limited to the first 20 qualifying students. You must be at least 18 years old to attend.
Sentencing for an AWOL soldier convicted of planning to blow up a central Texas restaurant full of Fort Hood soldiers will be held this morning.
Naser Jason Abdo's sentencing was scheduled to begin in Waco yesterday afternoon but was postponed until today at the defendant's request.
Abdo was convicted in May and faces up to life in federal prison. He was AWOL from Fort Campbell, Kentucky at the time of his arrest in Texas back in July 2011.
Two people were injured, but only one taken to Jennie Stuart Medical Center after a driver lost control of his car on the Christian quarry road about 20 minutes to 7 last night.
Taken to the hospital following the incident was the driver, Dustin Buckner, who is marking his 20th birthday today.
Buckner, who was buckled up along with his two passengers, told Officer Julius Catlett that he was approaching the bridge on Christian Quarry Road when he saw some pedestrians in the roadway.
He turned the steering wheel on his car sharply and hit a ditch and a wire fence.
Congressman Ed Whitfield, Chairman of the House Subcommittee on Energy and Power, announced today that the Pennyrile Rural Eelectric Cooperative Corporation will be the recipients of a loan guarantee worth over $22,894,000 from the U.S. Department of Agriculture Office of Rural Development.
Congressman Whitfield says this loan will help update the electric distribution infrastructure for customers in nine counties in Kentucky and that it will also create jobs and provide an economic boost to the region.
Congressman Whitfield adds that rural communities have been hit hard during this recession, and that is why it is vitally important to have these loans available to businesses so they are able to provide a positive economic impact to the region by providing for infrastructure improvements, creating jobs and stimulating rural economies.
Congressman Whitfield says the Rural Development loan guarantee will be used to serve 2,823 consumers, build and improve 136 miles of distribution line and 109 miles of transmission line, and make other system improvements and also includes $232,800 in smart grid projects.