Army Vet Visiting Friend Nearby Helps Free Occupants, Including 11-Month Old
It was a close call for a driver and two passengers, one of which was an 11-month old baby, when a vehicle crashed down a steep embankment and overturned in Edmonson County on Tuesday.
The Edmonson County Sheriff's office said the driver, Brittany Vincent (22), of Smiths Grove, was operating a 2015 GMC Terrain on Henry Meredith Road when she missed the stop sign at Wingfield Church Road, crossed the roadway, and tumbled down a 50-foot embankment as her vehicle came to rest on its top.
That's when Kirby Grogan, (24) from Bowling Green, who was visiting a friend nearby, said he heard the screech of the tires and took action.
"I hopped down there to see if everyone was alright," he said. "I broke out the back glass and helped one of them back up top to make sure they were good and then other people started showing up."
Grogan, who said he's currently serving in the U.S. Army, said the scene was obviously a mess when he first looked inside the vehicle.
"Everything was flipped over, stuff was everywhere, everything was scattered," he said. "I just tried to make sure I could get them out if they were okay to move. As soon as I got down here, I was yelling at people up top to call 9-1-1."
He helped the driver and her 11-month old daughter to safety, as well as another adult female passenger. All three occupants of the vehicle were okay with what appeared to be minor cuts and bruises. Ms. Vincent discussed the nature of the accident with us.
"I wasn't going that fast, I just missed the stop sign and we just went over," she said.
Both the driver and passenger were wearing seat belts and the baby was properly fastened in a child restraint seat.
No injuries were reported. Responding to the scene were the Edmonson County Sheriff's Office, Edmonson EMS, and the Wingfield Fire Department.