Last updated: July 17. 2013 3:31PM - 323 Views

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Rachel Dove-Baldwin

Staff Writer

GOODY, Ky. - An elderly Mingo County resident was injured Friday morning that occurred at approximately 11:30 a.m. in a two-vehicle accident that ended with substantial damage to the car and SUV involved, and also sent the other parties to the hospital for evaluation and treatment.

According to information provided by Kentucky State Police (KSP) Trooper J.A. Nolte, Doris Bevins, 88, of Williamson, was turning into the Walmart entrance from U.S. 119 when her Toyota Highlander was struck in the driver’s side door by a Mercury Sable traveling north bound on the highway, operated by Verda “Burrhead” Justice, 61, of McVeigh, Ky.

Bevins suffered a large laceration and contusion to her left leg as well as a head injury, losing consciousness for a short period of time. The elderly woman also complained of neck and back pain and was transported to the Appalachian Regional Hospital (ARH) by Appalachian First Response. Justice and his wife Linda, a passenger in his car, were also transported to ARH.

An eye witness spoke with the Daily News at the scene and said that he was traveling behind Justice when he observed him run a red light, striking Bevins’ SUV. Both vehicles sustained moderate front end and side damage in the accident.

The Belfry Volunteer Fire Department (BFD) responded to the call with 2 trucks and 8 men, and 2 firefighters from Blackberry and 1 from the Turkey Creek Volunteer Fire Department also provided assistance.

This wreck was 1 of 3 that occurred on Friday, with the other 2 being reported in the Stone community. Trooper Nolte was the officer responding to those calls as well. One accident was a single-vehicle crash and the other involved 2 passenger cars. The BFD was dispatched each time and provided patient care, traffic control and cleanup of fluid spills.

The KSP Post 9 in Pikeville reminds the public to expect a heavier than normal traffic flow associated with the Labor Day holiday weekend, and encourages all motorists to drive safely and to allow plenty of time to reach your destination. Law enforcement will be out in greater numbers than usual through Labor Day, and several police departments will be conducting DUI check points throughout the Tug Valley area.

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