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Richmond therapist rushes to help seriously injured driver

By: Tim Johnston Email
By: Tim Johnston Email

RICHMOND, Ky. (WKYT) - Officers directed traffic away from the intersection at Four Mile Road and Martin Bypass for hours and just beyond their flashing lights they worked to clear a wreck that left a car in crumpled mess.

"I was treating patients and I heard a big boom which I've heard before and knew that there had been an accident at this intersection," described Karen Clark, a physical therapist at the Kort Physical Therapy clinic.

Around 2:30 Thursday afternoon, Clark heard the crash and stepped to the window only to see the car coming towards her.

"There was a car coming across all lanes of traffic and landed right in the grassy area right in front of the clinic."

Clark says she isn't trained for first response, still that didn't stop her from doing what needed to be done.

"It was just instinct, really. There wasn't really a whole lot of time to process. He was close, I knew I'd probably be the first one to him so that's why I went," said Clark, who added that several other nurses were just a step behind her.

When she got there, she found the male driver, "unconscious, but he did have a pulse."

Witnesses say the car tried to turn left off the Bypass and onto Four Mile Road, but mistimed the turn, instead pulling in front of an oncoming utility truck. Richmond Police say shortly after, one of their officers was passing by and reported seeing a small fire coming from the car.

"It was kind of scary," stated Clark.

One of the nurses, from a nearby home healthcare office, said by phone that she saw the smoke and that sent her running toward the car.

She, like Clark, agree this can be a dangerous intersection.

"It's on top of a hill and it is kind of hard to see if somebody is going to turn," answered Clark.

Now Clark says she's concerned for a man she doesn't even know, and she's praying he recovers quickly. Police are not releasing the driver's name at this time, and say he is in serious condition at UK Hospital. The driver of the utility truck was not injured.

Richmond police say the crash is still under investigation.


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