, Corbin, KY

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April 23, 2014

Car overturns on Ky. 26, lands in creek

CORBIN — By Jeff Noble / Staff Writer

For over 45 minutes late Tuesday afternoon, traffic came to a standstill on Ky. 26 south of Woodbine.

That was after a car hydroplaned on wet pavement, overturned and landed on its side in a nearby creek.

The driver of the car, identified by the Whitley County Sheriff’s Office, was Pamela Barnes, 43, of Craig Road in Williamsburg. She was taken by ambulance to Baptist Health Corbin hospital for treatment of possible injuries.

There were no passengers in the car, a white, late-model Chevrolet Malibu.

The accident happened shortly after 5 p.m. According to Deputy Bo Harris of the Whitley Sheriff’s Office, Barnes’ car was going north on Ky. 26 towards Corbin when a van stopped to turn left. The Chevy Malibu tried to brake, then hydroplaned and went off the right shoulder of the road, overturned and went into the creek.

One witness, Derek Turner of London, was at work, driving to make a delivery when the accident occurred.

“We were all in front of her going towards Corbin, when the car hydroplaned and flew through the air. We called 9-1-1,” he said at the scene.

Another driver, Marissa Moorman, a University of the Cumberlands student, and a friend were in Moorman’s vehicle at the time of the accident.

“I looked in my rear view mirror and saw her go in the ditch. My friend called police. I helped her out of the car. Me and some of the other volunteers helped her into the ambulance,” Moorman said.

First-responders from Woodbine Volunteer Fire and Rescue were at the scene, along with a Whitley County EMS unit, and the Whitley Sheriff’s Department.

Dep. Harris said the accident remains under investigation.

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