Truck ‘catapults’ into air after car turns into path on bypass 

Published 1:44 pm Friday, September 29, 2017

A two-car collision Thursday resulted in a truck flipping and two individuals being taken to the hospital.
At 12:38 p.m., emergency crews and Danville Police officers responded to the Danville Bypass at Southtown Drive. A driver from East Bernstadt, David Edwards, 22, was traveling westbound in a Chevrolet Silverado, approaching the Southtown Drive intersection. A Nissan Altima turned into his path, operated by Herta Blanton, 83, of Danville, attempting to make a left turn onto Southtown.
The impact of the collision flipped Edwards’ truck, causing it to land on its passenger side off the north side of the bypass.
Although a bystander told a photographer she saw the truck flipping several times before landing, Capt. Glenn Doan of Danville PD says they don’t believe speed was a factor.
“At this point, we just believe that the person turning left in front of him — usually, you have the flashing yellow (caution) light there and you can legally turn if the intersection is clear, so we feel she failed to yield.”
Even if the driver of the truck was going the exact legal speed limit, Doan says, with the way the cars were positioned, it would’ve caused the truck to flip.
“His truck had bigger tires on it and was raised, so hitting her car acted almost like a catapult. He went over it, almost like he hit a ramp that made him flip. No charges or anything like that are being filed — it was just an accident.”
Boyle County EMS along with Danville City Fire rendered aid at the scene and both operators were transported via ambulance to Ephraim McDowell Regional Medical Center.

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