S. WILLIAMSON, Ky. - A Thursday afternoon accident on U.S. 119 in front of the Appalachian Plaza resulted in a passenger being transported to a local hospital while both drivers complained of bruising and pain from the collision.
At approximately 12:30 p.m., the Pikeville Post 9 of the Kentucky State Police (KSP) received a report of a two-vehicle crash with injuries. The Belfry Volunteer Fire Department and KSP Trooper Jimmy Nolte were dispatched to the scene, along with the Appalachian First Response Ambulance Service.
According to reports from eye-witnesses and the investigating trooper, Lucille Gibson, of Delbarton, who was operating a Buick LeSabre, pulled into the path of John Baisden of Pinsonfork, Ky., who was driving in the northbound lane of U.S. 119 in a Mitsubishi Gallant. Baisden’s passenger, Debra Varney, also of Pinsonfork, was transported to the S. Williamson Appalachian Regional Hospital by Appalachian First Response to receive treatment for injuries she sustained. Baisden was struck in the chest by the airbag that deployed, causing pain and bruising. Gibson also complained of tenderness and pain in her chest due to striking the steering column. No citations were issued in the accident.
Belfry’s volunteer firefighters assisted in rendering medical aid to those who were injured and also performed traffic control and scene cleanup. Traffic was blocked in the northbound lane for approximately an hour and was rerouted through the parking lots of the Appalachian Plaza businesses.