Three survive helicopter crash in Lee County

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BEATTYVILLE, Ky. (WKYT) - Investigators are still trying to determine what caused a medical helicopter to crash in Lee County.

"I heard the helicopter coming and I thought, something is wrong," Lee County resident Kevin Goble said.

Goble is used to hearing helicopters nearby his home, but says this time it was different.

"I looked out the window and saw him. I thought he's going to fast, he can't land. I mean he was real low and it was about that time I heard it crash," Goble said.

Police says the medical chopper was responding to a single car accident along Highway 52 when it crashed into a nearby field in the St. Helens community.

"I thought he hit the highway. It scared me to death," Goble said.

Lee County Ambulance Director Steve McIntosh says all three crew members survived the crash.

Beattyville Police tell WKYT that police were called to the car crash on Highway 52 around 4:30 a.m. Police called for a helicopter to take a woman injured in the accident to the hospital.

We're told the Airmethods helicopter was approaching a landing zone when it crashed. The police chief says the chopper was close to the ground when it hit.

The Lee County fire chief said the pilot and one crew member refused treatment. Emergency crews took a second crew member to the hospital with leg and chest pain.

The woman injured in the crash had serious injuries because the force of the crash ejected her from the car. An ambulance took her to a local hospital.

The regional manager of Airmethods tells us they are working with the FAA and NTSB to determine the cause of the crash.

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