KINGS MOUNTAIN — A Lincoln County woman died Tuesday after wrecking into a concrete culvert along Ky. 501 in the Kings Mountain community.
Sheriff Curt Folger said Bertha Vanhook, 86, of Angel Ridge, was traveling down Ky. 501 at about 11:30 a.m. Tuesday in her 1991 Buick when she left the right side of the road, traveling down a ditch before striking the culvert.
"Right now it's looking like there was a medical condition that caused her to leave the highway," Folger said. "There was no skid marks. She traveled approximately 300 feet down a ditch line and there was no indications that she tried to brake."
Fayette County Deputy Coroner John McCarty said after a witness called 911 to report the crash, Vanhook was transported by Waynesburg EMS to Ephraim McDowell Regional Medical Center in Danville.
From there, she was airlifted to the University of Kentucky Chandler Medical Center in Lexington. She died in the operating room before doctors could operate, McCarty said.
Vanhook was pronounced dead at 3:23 p.m. as a result of multiple blunt force trauma, McCarty said.
Folger said indications at the scene suggest Vanhook was wearing a seatbelt.