Darren Doyle, story and photos:
A juvenile teen was air lifted to the hospital today after a single vehicle crash on Sulphur Road, according to the Edmonson County Sheriff's Office.
According to Sheriff Shane Doyle, a male juvenile driver was operating a 1996 Ford Ranger on Sulphur Road around 3:45PM. Sheriff Doyle said the driver told him that he was driving too close to the center of the road and met an oncoming vehicle. Doyle said the driver told him he swerved to miss the car, overcorrected, and exited the right side of the roadway, crashing into Sulphur Creek.
The driver and one other passenger, also a juvenile, refused medical treatment at the scene, according to the Sheriff. The third passenger was air lifted to Norton's Hospital in Louisville for possible closed head injuries. His status in currently unknown. The other passenger stood in the creek and helped emergency workers keep the damaged passenger door shut in order to prevent the injured teen, who was in and out of consciousness, from falling out until he could safely be removed from the vehicle.
Emergency personnel worked through the heat, humidity, and knee-deep water to help stabilize the pickup with jacks, bracing, and other securing methods to ensure the vehicle was steady enough for EMS workers to enter the truck and remove the passenger.
Doyle said the driver of the oncoming vehicle, which was not involved in the crash, immediately turned around to offer assistance.
In addition to the Sheriff's Office, also responding was the Chalybeate Fire Department, Brownsville Fire Department, Edmonson EMS, and Edmonson County JAWS.