Teens Recovering After Crash

By: Angela Sparkman Email
By: Angela Sparkman Email

Three teenagers who almost died after a car crash in Pike county three weeks ago are all recovering quicker than expected.

We're told one girl who was in a coma is now waking up.

WYMT's Angela Sparkman talked with one of the other survivors.

Gena West, Crystal Puckett, and James Williamson were all in critical condition after the crash three weeks ago, but now it appears three will survive.

West is out of the hospital.

She says she is thankful to be alive and is sharing her story.

19 year old Gena West says the crash happened in seconds, but the scars will last a lifetime.

“It happened so fast. I couldn't tell you what I was thinking.” West said.

West and her two childhood friends, 18 year olds Crystal Puckett and James Williamson, were in his truck on US-23 when West says Williamson swerved to miss a car in front of Long John Silver's.

She says the truck flipped over several times.

“All I remember is when I felt the truck go on its side, I closed my eyes and crawled up in a ball,” West said.

She says she and Puckett were thrown out.

West says the truck landed on top of her.

“When I felt myself land on the ground and I didn't hear anything else moving, and I heard people screaming, I opened my eyes and I had blood in my eyes,” West said.

She broke her neck and back, a bulging disc is cutting off the nerves to one leg, and she has many tire marks.

Yet, West suffered the least injuries.

“I didn't know if Crystal was alive because she wasn't moving,” Said West.

Crystal Puckett was in a coma.

West says she woke up a few days ago, but is still unresponsive.

Williamson lost a finger and is undergoing reconstruction on one hand.

“I'm just thankful that they're getting better,” said West.

All three have a long road to recovery, “We have to go through a lot of pain, but at least we're still here,” West said.

West says she is thankful for that.

Williamson and Puckett are in the U.K. Medical Center.

West believes Williamson will come home this week.

West says her friends were wearing seat belts, but she was not.

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  • by D Location: Pikeville on Aug 27, 2008 at 09:32 AM
    those kids had God with them that day,they weren't driving fast, it was just a freaky accident, being on the roads anymore is scary.
  • by Bill on Aug 27, 2008 at 05:00 AM


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