Darren Doyle, story and photos:
Two were taken to the hospital today after a nasty collision at the junction of 31W and Upper Smiths Grove Rd/KY HWY 422 around 12:30pm today.
According to the Edmonson County Sheriff's Office, Richard Cook, (79) of Bowling Green attempted to cross 31W from Upper Smiths Grove Rd onto KY HWY 422 in a red Chevrolet Captiva when he drove into the path of Martha Martin, (72) of Horse Cave, who was headed north on 31W in a 2010 Toyota Camry.
Officials said Mrs. Martin was unable to stop and the two vehicles collided in the roadway.
Mr. Cook and his passenger, Eva Graham (66) of Smiths Grove, were both transported to the Medical Center via Edmonson EMS for non-life threatening injuries. The extent of Mrs. Martin's injuries, if any, were unknown other than a seat belt burn.
Officials said all parties were wearing their seat belts and airbags deployed in both vehicles.
Also responding to the scene were the Rocky Hill Fire Department, Kentucky State Transportation Department, Edmonson County JAWS, and Dist. 2 Constable.
Sheriff Shane Doyle said the intersection is very dangerous due to thick cover on the Upper Smiths Grove Road side.
"It's difficult to see both lanes of traffic on 31W from the intersection," he said. "Drivers have a tendency to pull up too far in order to see, then realize there's an oncoming car. Too often, they try to beat the oncoming car and it ends up in a crash. The hill crests on each side also make it difficult. Please use caution when crossing this intersection; a vehicle from 31W can be on top of you before you know it. Also, if you're on 31W, be aware that someone at the intersection may not see you, so please slow down."
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