Darren Doyle, story and photo
A Chalybeate woman suffered a painful back injury in a single vehicle accident yesterday on Otter Gap Road. Deputies said that Patty Ramsey, 56, was driving west in a 2005 Chrysler van at 3:50pm Monday afternoon when she met another vehicle on the narrow road that was in her lane.
According to reports, Mrs. Ramsey slipped off the very narrow shoulder of the roadway as she tried to avoid the oncoming vehicle, but because of the steep embankment, she lost control of the van as it slammed down to the ground below and crashed into a small group of trees.
"The laws of physics don't explain why her van didn't flip," said Sheriff Shane Doyle. "I've worked literally hundreds of wrecks and it doesn't make sense why she stayed upright unless you factor in Divine Intervention."
She was transported to the Medical Center in Bowling Green by Edmonson EMS where she was diagnosed with a cracked vertebrae. She was treated and released.
Family members said the oncoming vehicle didn't stop and because things happened so quickly, Mrs. Ramsey failed to get a good description of the vehicle.
"These narrow back roads are barely big enough for two cars," Doyle said. "This accident could've been much worse. Please slow down, pay attention, and stay in your lane."