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Efforts to get a guardrail on deadly curve pay off

By: Tim Johnston Email
By: Tim Johnston Email

Along parts of Kentucky 11, in Clay County, crosses serve as chilling reminders of the lives lost along this roadway.

"It's kind of been tough on me losing my grand baby and my daughter too," said Eugene Jackson, reflecting on the months that have followed the deadly November crash.

Jackson's daughter Kimberly and grand daughter Gabriella, added their names to the lives lost along this road.

"I was told that was the most dangerous spot in the county. There's been a lot of folks that lost their lives due to wrecks up that way," said Jackson.

Jackson says his daughter, grandchild, and son-in-law hydroplaned and went off the road and into a creek below. The son-in-law was the only one to survive. Since then, this father started a movement to save other lives but he never thought it'd get this far.

"No, I didn't. I believe one thing, I believe if you stand up and fight for what you believe in, your voice will be heard," answered Jackson.

While Jackson knows a guardrail won't bring his daughter or granddaughter back, he hopes it will save other lives.

"That's some other mother's child, grandchild, that their life might be saved," said Jackson.

Jackson calls the newly approved railing a fitting tribute to the lives he lost and a sign of hope for the lives that may be spared.

There's no word on when the railing will go up, but Jackson says he was told the money has been set aside for the project and he takes that as a positive sign.

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