Survivor of helicopter fall involved in a truck rollover

By: Tim Johnston Email
By: Tim Johnston Email

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - It's been a month and a half since David Gentry fell 60 feet from a helicopter in a military training exercise.

"Feeling pretty good, my walking is getting better," described the survivor, which is pretty amazing that he's feeling so good considering he was in a truck that rolled over on in Rockcastle County, on Saturday, that shut down Interstate-75.

"You can't help but laugh and smile that you're still alive."

Gentry and his wife, Dawn, were hauling their RV back from Laurel County for a family vacation they were trying to plan since Gentry's first accident left him in a back brace and recovering from back surgery.

"This was my first time driving it, so I was pretty scared," said Dawn Gentry, who had to take the wheel because her husband isn't cleared to drive.

Dawn said she was attempting to pass a semi, but David warned her she didn't have enough room so she turned back for her lane but over-corrected and the RV started swaying.

"There's only so much an F-350 can do, then after that it becomes the tail wagging the dog," said David Gentry.

"When I came back over, I lost it and it started to wobble," said Dawn.

"As we started tipping I kind of yelled out, 'here we go!' because I knew we were going for a roll," added her husband.

The aftermath looked horrific as the RV split open and the truck was smashed and laying on its side, but both of the Gentrys walked away with only a few cuts and bruises.

"The only thing I wound up with was a bruise on my hip from haning by the seat belt, so I was on the high side," said David.

"It's amazing, I mean it should've been far worse," answered Dawn, "I think God just said 'it's okay, I'll cradle you down.'"

They say cats have nine lives, but even the felines have to be jealous of David.

"That's what my friends are saying, they're saying, 'How many lives you got?' And I'm thinking I don't want to try it out anymore. Twice in a month-and-a-half is plenty," he laughed.

The Gentrys said they did have a new dog riding with them, and he made it out alright. However, the couple was even more grateful that their three daughters did not make the trip with them.

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