March 18, 2013
PRESTONSBURG — Weather conditions are being blamed for a two-vehicle accident Monday, on U.S. 23 near Prestonsburg, which slowed traffic and sent one person to the hospital.
According to Prestonsburg Fire Chief Bobby Carpenter, a Ford Mustang driven by female whose identity has not yet been released was traveling north on U.S. 23 Monday around 2:00 p.m. when the vehicle hydroplaned across the road and collided with a box truck which was traveling south.
As part of an automatic agreement, the Floyd County Rescue Squad was called in to assist with the extrication of the driver. After the Mustang hydroplaned across the road, it struck the box truck between the front and rear wheels and was severely impacted.
The driver of the vehicle was safely extricated from the vehicle and transported to Highlands Regional Medical Center by ambulance. According to Carpenter, the driver could not be airlifted due to poor visibility and storm conditions.
The Prestonsburg Fire Department was assisted on the scene by the Prestonsburg Police Department, Floyd County Rescue Squad, the Kentucky State Police, and Transtar Ambulance Service.