Four seriously injured in collision

By Brittany Wise -

Three men and one woman were airlifted to University of Louisville Hospital for treatment of serious injuries sustained during a two-vehicle accident late Thursday night.

According to Sheriff Norman Chaffins, a call came in to Grayson County E-911 Dispatch at approximately 12:03 a.m. on Friday, Oct. 16, alerting first responders to the collision.

“Dispatch received a call from a motorist advising that she had been in an accident near the 4300 block of Beaver Dam Road,” Chaffins said in a Friday morning press release.

Deputy Joey Beasley, of the Grayson County Sheriff’s Office (GCSO), reported finding a white 2006 Chevrolet passenger car and a blue 1989 GMC pickup truck had been involved in the accident. Both vehicles suffered extreme damage.

The GCSO report explains that 20-year-old Haley R. Blanton, of Leitchfield, was operating the Chevrolet headed eastbound on Beaver Dam Road (US 62) when she lost control of the vehicle and crossed the center line of the roadway, striking the GMC, which was westbound.

“The GMC spun counter-clockwise and came to a final rest down an embankment, facing east,” Chaffins reported. “The Chevrolet also spun counter-clockwise, and came to a final rest in the roadway, facing north.”

19-year-old Dakota Payton, of Leitchfield, was operating the truck at the time of the collision.

Payton and three of his passengers suffered serious injuries, and were treated at the scene by Grayson County EMS before being transported by emergency helicopter to University of Louisville Hospital for more specialized care.

The injured passengers in Payton’s vehicle included 18-year-old Julie Hussel, 18-year-old James Vincent, and 39-year-old Michael S. Payton, all of Leitchfield.

Blanton was uninjured and had no passengers in her vehicle.

Terry’s Towing and King’s Towing removed the vehicles from the scene. In addition to EMS responders, the GCSO was assisted at the scene by Leitchfield Fire Department and Leitchfield Police Department.

By Brittany Wise

Reach Brittany Wise at 270-259-9622 ext. 2014.

Reach Brittany Wise at 270-259-9622 ext. 2014.

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