Accident on Vevay Hill results in injuries

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A two vehicle accident at the top of Vevay Hill on Tuesday night resulted in serious injuries to a Switzerland County girl.

Angela Swanson, a junior at Switzerland County High School, was transported to the King’s Daughters’ Hospital and then transported to University Hospital in Louisville.

She was traveling south on State Road 56 and starting down Vevay Hill when her vehicle had a head-on collision with another vehicle, driven by Gary Wentworth.

Gary Wentworth and his wife, Karen, both sustained minor injuries in the crash.

Angela Swanson sustained breaks in both legs, and according to family members had surgery to repair one of the breaks on Wednesday morning. She also sustained a punctured lung; a lacerated spleen; and cuts.

The call reporting the accident came into Switzerland County dispatch at 11:09 p.m., and officers from the Switzerland County Sheriff’s Department and the Vevay Police Department responded to the scene.

Also at the scene were firefighters from the Jefferson-Craig Volunteer Fire Department and Switzerland County EMS.

Volunteers from the Moorefield Community Volunteer Fire Department were called to establish a landing zone for a medical helicopter at Switzerland County High School; but halfway to the scene, the helicopter had to turn back because of the bad weather.

Members of the East Enterprise Volunteer Fire Department also brought extrication equipment to the scene to help remove Angela Swanson from her vehicle.

Because the helicopter was unable to come to the scene, an additional ambulance was brought from East Enterprise, but Switzerland County Communications Director Richard Lay said that the second ambulance hit a deer while en route to the accident; so another ambulance had to be summoned to the scene.

Angela Swanson was then transported to the King’s Daughters’ Hospital in Madison; but again medical helicopters could not land there; so she was transported by ambulance to University Hospital in Louisville.