A Leitchfield woman narrowly averted disaster during a Friday morning wreck on Shrewsbury Road during which her car was impaled by a tree.
According to the accident report filed with the Grayson County Sheriff’s Office by responding Deputy Joey Beasley, 42-year-old Shannon Slattery had just left home to pick her husband up from work when the accident occurred at just before 1 a.m.
While Slattery told officers that she could not remember what happened, Beasley determined through his investigation of the scene that her 1999 Dodge Neon appeared to have been travelling north when she failed to negotiate a curve and ran off of the right shoulder of the roadway.
Beasley said Slattery appeared to have over-corrected the vehicle and travelled into the south-bound lane before cutting right to regain control. At this point, skid marks showed that the Dodge travelled around 180 feet before hitting a mail box then going into a ditch and striking an earthen embankment and a small tree, which impaled the trunk from underneath.
The vehicle then travelled another 36 feet before coming to a rest lying on the passenger side with the tree still firmly embedded in the trunk.
Beasley wrote in the report that the tree’s trunk missed the car’s fuel tank by a mere two feet. Such damage to the fuel tank could have created an extremely hazardous condition.
When Beasley arrived at the scene, Slattery was found trapped inside the vehicle, sitting on the passenger’s side door of the overturned car. She refused treatment from EMS paramedics at the scene of the accident, but was later transported by private means to Twin Lakes Regional Medical Center for accident-related treatment.
Beasley noted fatigue as a factor in the accident.