EMS Director, Pregnant Woman Killed In Accident

PAINTSVILLE, Ky. (AP) - Icy roads were blamed for a crash
Tuesday morning that killed two people, including an emergency
official and a pregnant woman in eastern Kentucky.
"The roads were extremely treacherous today," Kentucky State
Police Trooper Scott Hopkins said.
Paintsville EMS Director Christa Burchett, 33, Lowmansville, was
helping a pregnant woman injured in a car accident when a coal
truck skidded and struck both women, killing them, Johnson County
Judge-Executive Tucker Daniel said.
Daniel said the accident occurred off U.S. 460, about five miles
west of Paintsville, where the roads were slippery with light snow
and slushy ice. He said Burchett was helping Erica Brown, 24, of
River, whose car had skidded off the road, into an ambulance.
Daniel said the coal truck was coming over a hill and braked,
but slammed into a police cruiser and ultimately the two victims.
Brown died at the scene, and Burchett, who was also assistant fire
chief, was pronounced dead soon after at a nearby hospital.
"It was one of those types of snows this morning that was
deceptively slick," Daniel said. "It's just such a tragedy."
The driver, Leslie Spence, 38, of Tomahawk, was operating a
truck owned by M&R Trucking in Salyersville.
Hopkins said the accident is still under investigation and no
charges were filed on Tuesday. No other serious injuries were
reported.

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  • by Jennifer Lemaster Location: Blaine on Jan 22, 2010 at 05:52 AM
    Today makes 2 years ago since my husbands sister, my sister-in-law, our kids aunt, her parents daughter and her daughters mother was taken from us. On this day every year we are Honoring Christa by having a Blood Drive & Memorial Service. This year (today) at Paintsville Elem. Schools gym (325 2nd St. Paintsville, KY) we rae having a blood drive from Noon til 6pm then starting at 7pm in the gym we are having a memorial service. Would love to see everyone come out and be with us!
  • by Tami Location: Garrett on Jan 30, 2008 at 12:55 AM
    Anyone who says that the coal truck driver wasnt at fault because of the slick roads should take a refresher course in Drivers Ed. Apparently its a little known fact to some people that if you are traveling too fast to control your vehicle (irregardless of the weather conditions) you are driving recklessly. In a lot of states if you wreck (doesnt matter if you hit someone or a tree) you are automatically given a ticket for wreckless driving. If it is snowing or raining, SLOW DOWN! If the roads are ice or snow covered, then you have no business out in a 40 ton truck. If you are, and wreck, then guesss what..Your truck has just become a deadly weapon. Saying that it isnt someone fault when they wreck because it was raining, snowing, etc is a lot like saying it isnt a drunk drivers if he wrecks because he was drunk. At the end of the day the fact remains that he made a decision to drive to a slick road and went into the curve at too fast of a speed (if he hadnt, he wouldnt have wreck!)
  • by HeartbrokenEMT Location: Floyd Co on Jan 24, 2008 at 07:47 AM
    Christa was a wonderful person-She was devoted to her job and her family.Christa was so proud of her daughter. She was FINALLY at a place in her life(both personally and professionally) where she was happy.Christa had a heart of gold and so much sympathy for others-she has helped me through some hard times. In EMS, we are all One Big Family-We are there for each other, our kids play together and we would give our life to save the life of our partner... That is how Christa was. We know the dangers of the job-But we choose to do it anyway. Christa would not want ANYONE to blame the truck driver. It was an accident.The truck driver was the one who suggested being drug tested FIRST-He is having a very hard time with this too.Erica Browns family are going through a lot also. God Bless everyone who was touched by this tragedy. RIP-Christa-I am going to miss you. Thank you for everything that you taught me about EMS and life.
  • by Brittany Location: Paintsville on Jan 24, 2008 at 06:51 AM
    Everyone, can we please stop pointing fingers. Its is out of our hands. I am grieving for Erica greatly. She was my co-worker, friend, and greatest inspiration. She will never know how many lives she touched through her teachings and kindness. No words can express what a beautiful person she was. I feel that all that is being said is about the coal truck driver and the EMT. I want to say first off that Erica was lucky to have someone like her to stop and help her in her moment of need. GOD, please be with thier loved ones. But I want everyone to know Erica too! If you got to meet Erica, consider yourself blessed. She was absolutley exceptional in everyway. So very intelligent and had a wonderful life ahead of her. She was excited to be a mother, and the best person she could be for her boyfriend. She has inspired us all at work and her presence will never be forgotten. Heaven has gotten another angel, but society has lost a great asset. Erica, WE LOVE YOU AND WILL MISS YOU SO MUCH! PRAY
  • by Anonymous Location: lowmansville, ky on Jan 24, 2008 at 06:42 AM
    I can feel the pain for these families.. Christa was doing what she loved to do most that is helping people. She was a wonderful mother to her daughter,(Olivia), she was a loving daughter and a loving and caring person. Christa will be sadly missed by all who knew her. To the family of Ericia, Our prayers are with you too. Our prayers go out for the driver of the truck also. But what needs to be done is a governor needs to be installed on ALL trucks to regulate the speed not to exceed over 55 and for them to drive accordingly to changing weather conditions, and ramdom drug testing should be enforced.
  • by Supporting EMS Location: Knott County, Ky on Jan 24, 2008 at 06:00 AM
    To those of you that are putting the blame on the coal truck driver, you need to stop and think it through. If you live in East Ky. then you know how dangerous travel was that morning. The small area I live in was very slick and we witnessed 4 accidents in a matter of minutes. Furthermore, the stretch of highway in which this accident occurred at on Hwy 460 is slick and dangerous when any sort of wintry precipitation falls as fast as it was that morning. There is no need to point fingers or place blame people. It could have been anyone behind the wheel of the vehicle who struck Christa and Erica. My thoughts and prayers go out to the families of each individual involved. Let's not forget Christa's other family, her colleagues at Paintsville Fire & EMS as well as Medics & EMTs at other services who have been impacted by the loss of a fine Paramedic. To the Emts, Medics, & other employees at Paintsville City may God Bless You as you care for your patients without one of your finest.
  • by Coal Location: Hazard on Jan 24, 2008 at 02:50 AM
    To the people that are just here to blaming the so call "TRUCK DRIVERS", why don't you know what you are talking about before you start blaming anyone. Does anyone know that this driver was speeding,NO. My heart goes out to the family that has lost their loved ones, but to the STUPID people who don't have a clue-Get a Life!!!! This driver was out making a living for his family, never did he get up that morning and say- I beleive I will kill someone today!!! So before you start placing blame on someone, stop and think how he may be feeling right now. Coal trucks has laws taht they follow just like we do, and believe me they are D.O.T. out there to make sure that they are following them.
  • by paramedic Location: Hazard Ky on Jan 23, 2008 at 09:13 PM
    As a paramedic I fell saddness for family and service in Paintville. I give my prays for the family of the paramedic and family of the woman. I know that they was not a thing that the truck driver could do to avoid the accident. Truck driver are the ones that keep everything running the country. I would like to give my prays out for eveyone that was affected by the accident.
  • by coal tuck Location: eastern ky on Jan 23, 2008 at 09:12 PM
    as a owner and operater of a coal truck i am here to say the guy driving the truck is just as fine of a person as the ones who lost there lives and a real good driver and just to slap all the comments about coal trucks and drivers where random drug tested we cant haul down the river over wieght cause the docks wont let us in to dump over wieght and as far as speeding i bet money if a coal truck has past you a regular vehicle has to just watch and next time your driving but you dont wont to complane about them (IM DONE BUT FOR ALL THE HIPACRITS REMEMBER COAL AND COAL TRUCKS KEEPS YOUR LIGHTS ON HEAT IN YOUR HOUSE AND A COMPUTER ON FOR YOU TO GET ON HERE AND CRY ABOUT SOMETHING THAT YOU HAVE NEVER DONE OR BEEN AROUND AND THATS TRUCK DRIVEN CAUSE YOUR TO GOOD TO GET YOUR HANDS DIRTY AND MY THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS GO OUT TO ALL INVOLVED IN THIS ACCIDENT
  • by EMS WORKER Location: JACKSON on Jan 23, 2008 at 08:05 PM
    GOD BLESS ALL THAT WERE INVOLVED AND ALL FAMILY AND FRIENDS DEALING WITH THIS TERRIBLE SITUATION. SHOCK AND BLAME ARE THE FIRST FEELINGS TO COME. NONE OF US NEVER KNOW WHEN IT WILL BE OUR TIME TO GO. IT IS HARD FOR PEOPLE TO UNDERSTAND WHY THINGS HAPPEN TO PEOPLE ESPECIALLY WHEN THESE PEOPLE ARE YOUNG AND HAVE ALOT TO LOOK FORWARD TO. NONE US ARE PROMISED ANOTHER DAY. RUMORS GET STARTED SO FAST. DRUG TESTING IS DONE ON ALL DRIVERS WHEN THERE IS A FATALITY INVOLVED IN AN ACCIDENT SO PEOPLE ALWAYS ASSUME THE WORSE. ALL DRIVERS ON THE ROADS MAKE MISTAKES AND SOMETIMES HAVE THINGS HAPPEN BEYOND THEIR CONTROL. MOST OF THEM NEVER HAVE TO LIVE WITH THE REALITY OF KNOWING THAT THEY TOOK A LIFE AND THAT IT WAS BEYOND THEIR CONTROL. WHAT IF YOU WERE THE TRUCK DRIVER??? LIFE IS PRECIOUS! LIVE EVERYDAY LIKE IT IS YOUR LAST! GOD KNOWS WHAT HE IS DOING AND I BELIEVE THOSE LADIES AND THE PRECIOUS BABY ARE WITH HIM TODAY. GOD BLESS ALL!

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