Cawood woman killed in wreck
An Enterprise Staff Report
A two-vehicle crash Tuesday morning on U.S. 421 at Chevrolet caused the death of a Cawood woman and left a passenger with injuries. The crash occurred at a detour of the new road stretching from Harlan to Cranks.
According to a Kentucky State Police report, the wreck happened around 3:25 a.m. when a flatbed tractor and trailer traveling south on U.S. 421 failed to negotiate a curve upon approaching a detour at Chevrolet and hit a 1998 Ford van head-on. The truck hit the van on the front-end driverís side causing severe damage.
The driver of the van, Minnie Jones, 54, was pronounced dead at the scene by Harlan County Deputy Coroner Dewayne Jackson. Dorothy Jones, 47, also from Cawood, was a passenger in the Jones vehicle. She was transported to Harlan ARH by Johnsonís Life Care and then flown to Holston Valley Hospital in Kingsport, Tenn. Her condition was not available at press time.
Truck driver Arthur Spickard, 62, Clay City, was without injury. The truck had Marjenn Trucking Company (Cresson, Pa.) written on the door.
The Harlan County Rescue Squad was dispatched to the scene after the crash when it was reported that someone was pinned inside a vehicle. Upon their arrival, it was determined that Minnie Jones was pinned inside her van and had already died. After Jones was pronounced dead and the crash scene had been reconstructed by KSP Det. Mike Cornett, the squad members used hydraulic tools to pry the van apart to remove Jones from the wreckage.
Cornett investigated the accident. He was assisted by KSP troopers Jason Adams and Jimmy Halcomb, Kentucky Vehicle Enforcement Officer Ken Hightower and members of the Sunshine and Martins Fork Volunteer Fire Departments.
All parties involved in the crash were wearing seat belts.
Story created Wednesday, December 01, 2004.