Woman loses legs in freak accident

Billy Moore has known Evonne Whalen since she was a child. Last month Whalen decided to give up her desk job and left her East Bernstadt home to go out on the road with her husband, Tim.

“They drove the truck. They split the truck. She drove half the time, he drove half the time,” said Moore, of Jennings Transportation, the Laurel County trucking company for which Whalen used to work.

And on Wednesday morning Evonne had just emerged from the sleeper cab of the truck when a steel beam from a crew installing a road sign crashed into the passenger side of the cab. The truck was on I-70 near Hagerstown, Maryland and Tim Whalen told police he had no time to react.

“When something is sitting out there that’s not supposed to be comes out...there’s not much you can do about it,” said Moore.

The section of I-70 where the accident happened remains closed to construction, pending an investigation, a matter in which police are not even ruling out charges.

Whalen remains in critical condition at a Baltimore trauma center.

“We’ve got a lot of people praying for her, and everyone is putting out prayer requests in for her at church,” said Moore.

Whalen’s husband was also hurt..but he was treated and released.

Moore says Doctors at the Maryland trauma center had to amputate both her legs Wednesday night.

For more on the crash, click on the link attached to read the artical in the Herald-Mail.

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