POWELL COUNTY, Ky. (WKYT) - A two lane highway, in Powell County, was shut down for hours after a four-car crash that injured seven people, three of them critically.
Emergency crews say the crash happened around 4:30 Thursday afternoon on Kentucky Highway 1057, and once on scene Fire Chief Eddie Barnes realized it was too much for his Powell County crew to handle alone.
"We found that we had a mass casualty incident and that's basically exceeding our limitations of resources, we have here. We contacted the City of Winchester Fire/EMS for mutual aid," said Chief Barnes. Winchester sent down a pair of ambulances to help transport the injured people.
The Chief continued, "We had to use the jaws of life for two of them, the others were easily extricated out."
Two people, from the same car, had to be airlifted, and a third person was taken by ambulance to UK Hospital. The rest were taken to Clark Regional Hospital, with what emergency crews described as minor to moderate injuries but not life-threatening.
Chief Barnes said a white Mustang reportedly triggered it all, "The car traveling north on 1057, sideswiped a vehicle and a pickup truck, and based on witnesses it just basically 'slingshot' the white car off them and struck the last car, a red eclipse, head on."
Several of the cars came to rest in a field just down the embankment from the road.
"Based upon witness statements, and stuff, speed could be a factor in it," added Chief Barnes.
Neighbors nearby believe it.
"It happens so much up here, there's been probably four or five people killed up in through here over the last two years. They just go too fast for this road," described David Patrick, who said he's even had a few drivers run off into his yard.
Another neighbor, who didn't want to identify herself, said she heard a loud boom and ran outside to find a 17-year-old behind the wheel of the Mustang.
"They just need to slow down, sometimes you don't get a second chance," said Patrick.
The names of the seven people involved have not been released, at this time. Kentucky State Police will continue this investigation.