HARRODSBURG - A Mercer County student is in the pediatric ICU at the University of Kentucky Medical Center following an accident Saturday afternoon.
Mary Ellen Baker, 15, was riding in a car driven by her mother, Lois Baker, 43, when a 75-foot dead tree was blown down by high winds and landed on the top of their car. The accident occurred at 2:30 p.m.
Lois Baker was treated at the Lexington hospital Saturday afternoon and released.
Boyle County Sheriff's Deputy Jim Wilcher said today that the accident happened about one mile outside Danville on U.S. 127. The tree landed on their 1994 Cadillac DeVille. A branch of the tree went through the hood of the car and the main part of the tree crushed the top of the car. It ripped off the trunk lid and back fender.
They were traveling in the southbound lane headed toward Danville. "It looked like the tree pinned (the driver's) foot down on the accelerator," Wilcher said. "The car crossed the highway and hit a rock embankment in the northbound lane." It traveled 406 feet before coming to a stop.