McCRACKEN COUNTY, Ky. (9/30/13) – On September 29, 2013 at approximately 7:30 PM, Deputies with the McCracken County Sheriff’s Department responded to the 6600 block of Lovelaceville Road for an injury accident involving a vehicle that was on its side and filling up with water due to being in a creek.
Emergency responders were contacted via the OnStar Automatic Crash Response system that there had been an accident in the 6600 block of Lovelaceville Road. OnStar informed 911 Emergency Dispatchers that the vehicle had flipped over and was filling up with water. It was also relayed that the driver had her 6 year-old granddaughter in the vehicle and that she was trying to keep her head above the rising water.
Upon arrival to the scene, it was determined that Brenda Kaufman, 46 years old, of Paducah was operating her 2002 Chevrolet Trailblazer westbound on Lovelaceville Road. As reported, Kaufman also had her granddaughter in the vehicle with her. Kaufman’s vehicle had left the roadway onto the right shoulder. When Kaufman attempted to steer back onto the roadway she collided, head-on, with a concrete culvert. Upon striking the culvert, the vehicle flipped onto its’ side, coming to rest in a creek. This particular creek was approximately 15 foot deep with 4-5 feet of water in the bottom.
Deputy Todd Ray, Deputy Trent Hardin, and Sgt. Michael Wray then entered the water, along with other emergency responders, in an attempt to free the occupants. It was found that the vehicle already had at least one foot of water inside and was still rising. Deputies and emergency responders then worked to make entry into the vehicle and free both Kendra and Brenda who were both still seat belted in. Neither occupant could free themselves due to substantial injuries suffered from the collision.
Brenda Kaufman was transported to Baptist Health Hospital and was then transferred to Vanderbilt hospital via ambulance where she remained in stable condition. The granddaughter was transported to Lourdes Hospital and was then transferred via airplane to Vanderbilt Hospital where she remained in critical condition.
Deputies were assisted at the scene by the Lone Oak Fire Department, McCracken County Department of Emergency Services, and Mercy Regional Ambulance Service.
Information provided by Michael Wray (McCracken County Sheriff’s Department)
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