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Woman recovering after being hit by a truck

By: Brittany Pelletz Email
By: Brittany Pelletz Email

The rain created some slick road conditions that lead to four wrecks along U.S. 68 in Mercer County today.

Mercer County Sheriff's deputies say that there have been 31 accidents there within the past six months.

One of those wrecks sent a Boyle county woman to the hospital with several injuries, including lacerations to her head. It happened just before 10 o'clock this morning on U.S. 68 in Mercer County near the Jessamine County line.

A woman ran into the guard rail, causing her car to break down. While she was stranded, she got out of her vehicle to tell others to slow down and that is when the unthinkable happened.

59-year-old, Cindy Young of Boyle County was hit by an oncoming trailer that was attached to a truck. The impact of the collision sent her off the road and underneath the guardrail.

"A truck pulling a trailer came around a curve. They saw her in the road. But, the roads are so slick because of the rain, they could not stop," says Kentucky State Trooper, Frank Thornberry.

The passenger of the truck feared the worst after the trailer collided with Young, who was standing in the road, "I'm a little shook up. I thought she was dead when I looked over at first, she was just lying there," says Joe Boswell, a passenger in the truck that hit Young.

Boswell was sitting in the passenger side of this truck, on the way to a job. He says they slipped on some diesel fuel that was left in the road, "When we tapped our breaks, it was just like ice and we slid right into her. And there was nothing we could do."

Trooper Thornberry recognizes that Young was probably trying to help others avoid an accident, "There was an earth embankment on one side and a ridge on the other, so she didn't have much place to go."

Thornberry encourages other drivers to look for shelter before trying to divert traffic,"We do recommend that if you do have a guard rail, get behind a guard rail, or a tree if you can. Then try to flag traffic from there."

State police say it's always best to drive slower along U.S. 68 because of the curvy roads, especially when it rains.

Kentucky State Police say Cindy Young was responsive at the scene, but had several visible injuries, including some lacerations to her head.

Cindy Young is listed in fair condition at UK hospital.

No one inside the truck was injured.

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