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Daughter of woman injured on Harlan Co. highway says road is unsafe

By: Matthew Rand Email
By: Matthew Rand Email

SMITH, Ky. (WYMT) - UPDATE 8/19/14:

65-year-old Thelma Daniels was hurt Monday morning when her car slid and hit an embankment.

Now, Daniels' daughter says the road her mother was driving on isn't safe.

Jincy Steines says her mother isn't the only member of her family that has been hurt on Highway 987 in Harlan County.

She says her two brothers were hurt in different accidents there, and one of her cousins was killed on the road.

Steines says her mother was driving from Smith to Evarts for a family meal Monday, when she wrecked not far from Martin's Fork Lake.

"It was like real slick," Steines said. "They said it was like a piece of ice there, you know it was just like an oil slick."

State police say accidents like this one are fairly common along Highway 987.

"They need to actually do something," Steines said. "I mean it's my mom, and I love my mom more than anything."

While they couldn't give us specifics about this stretch of pavement, state highway officials say they routinely review the safety of Kentucky roads.

"What we will do, we'll check the crash history on that certain road that's been called in or given to us," said Les Dixon, spokesman for Kentucky Transportation Cabinet, District 11.

"We'll check out the total number of crashes, accidents, and then you know it really depends on the deficiencies," Dixon said.

Dixon says road crews can do small jobs like shoulder work right away, but bigger jobs would involve the state's six-year road plan.

Steines says she is worried someone else will get hurt.

"What if a bus goes up there with a bunch of kids, and they hit that curve the wrong way and wind up in the river," she said. "They could kill a bunch of kids."

Steines says her mother is currently receiving treatment at UK Hospital.

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ORIGINAL STORY 8/18/14:

One woman was hurt Monday morning in a crash in Harlan County.

It happened on Highway 987 in the Smith community.

We are told 65-year-old Thelma Daniels was driving down the road when she hit an embankment.

She was taken to Harlan ARH.


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