STANFORD - Two Lincoln County residents were killed in separate accidents Friday, including one that left a Waynesburg woman dead after her car was struck by an ambulance transporting a patient.
Janice Goodpaster, 30, of Waynesburg, died on impact when the driver's side door of her vehicle was struck by a Waynesburg ambulance on U.S. 27 south of Stanford about 12:30 p.m., said Coroner Bill Demrow. James Keith Yocum of Stanford died about five hours later when his car struck a tree near Hustonville.
According to state police, Goodpaster was traveling north on U.S. 27 when the ambulance approached from behind with lights and sirens on. The ambulance moved into the southbound lane to pass a group of three cars, of which Goodpaster's vehicle was the first in line. Police say she then turned in front of the ambulance as the rescue vehicle attempted to complete its pass.
Goodpaster was wearing a seat belt but was not protected from the direct impact to her driver's side door.