A paramedic and a woman who was pregnant have been killed in accident on US 460 in Johnson County KY. t happened around 9am near the Johnson-Magoffin County line. Bob Dixon, the Paintsville Fire Chief says emergency crews were sent to a minor accident to check out a woman who was pregnant. Dixon says as the the paramedic and the woman were walking towards the ambulance they were hit by a coal truck that had slid on the icy roadway. Both were killed The paramedic has been identified as 33-year old Christa Burchett. She was taken to local hospital where she was pronounced dead a short time later. The chief says thats 24-year old Erica Brown (And Baby Brown which makes that three) of River and her unborn child were pronounced dead at the scene. Christa Burchett had been employed as a paramedic with Paintsville Fire-EMS since August 2005. She had been named Assistant Chief and Director of EMS in April 2007. She had been a paramedic since 2003. She leaves behind a teenage daughter. Another paramedic was injured. Brian Moore was treated and released from a local hospital The chief say that US 460 was slick and very icy at the time of both accidents. The truck also hit a Johnson County sheriff's car and another parked car. No word if charges will be filed against the driver of the truck. Kentucky State Police say he is Leslie Spence. videos
There are a few people who have concerns with this report and maybe this should have been another issue the was brought up with the S-miner bill. The individual who has written this letter to several editors is an esteemed forensic engineer in vehicle incident reconstruction and he knows his stuff.
To the Editor:
What a tragedy that young Erica Brown, her unborn baby, and first responder Christa Burchett were so brutally killed by an out of control coal truck. I am writing to point out some inaccuracies in the story that was printed today.
It said “Preliminary investigation shows that the accident was caused by icy road conditions.” This is false. Icy roads are inanimate, do not have brains, and cannot cause anything. What is true is that accidents are caused by people driving inappropriately for the conditions.
Second, the Kentucky State Police said that speed does not appear to be a factor. Do they really mean that if this truck had been traveling at a lower speed it would have slid anyway? Or are they saying that it is all right to continue to travel the speed limit under icy conditions even though doing so causes loss of control as in this case? Good grief.
Last, the KSP said the truck was carrying the amount of weight permitted and was not overweight. This is half true. Incomprehensibly, our state legislature years ago decided to allow coal trucks on certain roads to weigh fully twenty tons more than the much safer Federal limit of 80,000 pounds. Consequently this truck almost certainly weighed about 120,000 pounds. So, it was legal, but from a safety standpoint, grossly overweight.
Now will the legislature do the right thing and roll back coal truck weights to a safer limit, or will it take one hitting a loaded school bus? And will law enforcement spend more time promoting safety and less making excuses for killer coal trucks?