Tragedy was averted on Saturday afternoon as three people were air-lifted from the scene of a three-vehicle accident on Ky 36, three and a half miles west of Cynthiana just past Hendricks Lane, on Saturday afternoon at about 3 p.m.
According to deputy sheriff Nathan Gasser, Courtney Reffett, 19, traveling westbound in a 2000 Nissan Frontier pick-up truck, attempted to pass another vehicle in a restricted zone and hit a 1987 Lincoln Continental head-on, going eastbound, driven by James A. Bishop, 50.
There were three juveniles in Reffett’s truck. The other two vehicles involved in the accident had no passengers.
“Apparently, Ms. Reffett was following a truck that was hauling a flat-bed trailer with a tractor on it and attempted to pass that vehicle on a double-yellow and on a hill crest,” Gasser said on Monday afternoon.
Gasser said the truck that Reffett was attempting to pass was driven by James C.
Wilson, 67, of Berry. He said that Wilson was unhurt and that his trailer sustained some damage.
Dep. Gasser’s report said that Wilson estimated his speed at between 45 and 55 mph while he was traveling on Ky 36.
Reffett, Bishop and Madison Perkins, 13, were all airlifted from the scene by three different helicopters and transported to the University of Kentucky Medical Center.
Gasser said that Reffett was treated and released on Sunday. Perkins was due to be released from UK on Monday afternoon and Bishop was still in the hospital and was in stable condition.
The other two juveniles in the Reffett vehicle were transported by ambulance to Harrison Memorial Hospital, but were subsequently released.
“It really is amazing, considering the severity of the impact that no one was any more seriously injured than they were,” Gasser said.
Gasser said that only one person in the Reffett vehicle was wearing a seat belt. That person was sitting in the passenger seat. Neither Reffett nor the two passengers in the back seat of the truck, including Madison Perkins, were wearing seat belts.