STANFORD — An expectant mother from Lincoln County got a scare on her way to the hospital in Danville on Friday when the vehicle she was riding in was hit by a runaway trailer.
State Police Trooper Donnie Moses said Greg Ramey, 49, of Danville was eastbound on U.S. 150 toward Stanford near the bridge over Hanging Fork about 7:30 p.m. when a fishing boat came off the trailer hitch on the back of his Chevy truck.
Moses said the boat and trailer broke completely away from the truck as Ramey attempted to pull over before it crossed the median into the westbound lanes.
The boat and trailer struck the front, driver side of a westbound Chrysler PT Cruiser driven by Alan Stubbs and carrying his sister Shona Rogers, 22, both of Stanford.
Moses said Stubbs was able to come to a controlled stop on the Hanging Fork bridge, despite heavy font end damage and airbag deployment.
According to Moses, Stubbs and Rogers had been at Rogers’ Stanford home Friday evening when she went into labor. Stubbs was taking her to Ephraim McDowell Regional Medical Center in Danville for the delivery.
Moses said Rogers and Stubbs, who were both wearing seat belts, were uninjured in the crash, but Rogers was rushed to the hospital by ambulance because of the impending birth.
The child was apparently unharmed, Moses said, but had not been born as of Saturday afternoon.
Moses believes it was fortunate there weren’t serious injuries and emphasized Ramey had done everything he was supposed to do to secure the trailer.
“Mr. Ramey was trying to do everything he could. It was just a freak accident,” Moses said.