July 21, 2010 —
Reported by JoAnn Dunfee
Sunday afternoon, Angela Acosta, 31, of Lexington lost control of her 2001 Chevrolet Cavalier while driving eastbound on I-64. The car rolled over several times and came to rest on its top in the westbound lane of I-64 at the 170 mile marker .
Ronnie Wallace, Carter Co. Deputy Coroner, pronounced Mrs. Acosta dead at the scene.
However, the story doesn't end there. The story began earlier that afternoon when EMS personnel responded to the scene - Amanda Sturgill and Ben Justice, paramedics, with Michelle Metzer and Breanna Furst, EMT's.
Using their medical skills they began working on Jason, 5, and Cameron, 10, who both had to be airlifted by Health Net and Air Methods to Cabell Huntington Hospital in West Virginia.
The Grayson Fire Department assisted EMS with medical support, took information, extricated Mrs. Acosta from the car, neutralized the hazards, and washed down the highway while the Grahn Fire Department gave their support and assistance wherever needed.
The Kentucky State Police investigated the accident, met Mr. Acosta, who flew in from Lexington to Tri-State Airport, and transported him to the hospital to be with his sons. According to a KSP report, seatbelts and/or child restraint seats were in use by all parties in the crash. The cause of the collision is still under investigation by Trooper Blake Frasure.
Then, there also was Millis Wolfe, who removed the vehicle from the highway.
Sure there were several motorists, who were inconvenienced and irate that the interstate was closed for over three hours, but there were those motorists who offered assistance, gave out water, and felt sympathy for all those responders doing their job. It wasn't an easy job to do; but then, that is what emergency first responders do. Working as a team, they used their skills and talents to assist one another.
Two little boys lost their mother that day, and the emergency responders went home knowing that they did their best. So the next time, one sees a flashing siren with red lights, be thankful that there are those men and women out there willing to dedicate themselves to helping others in a time of need.
July 21, 2010 —
Reported by JoAnn Dunfee
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