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Bell County Deputy injured while responding to head on accident on Highway 119 - 5 taken to hospital

Updated: Feb 1, 2021

From The Bell County Sheriff's Department -

(Bell County, Ky.) Saturday night at approximately 5:26pm there was a head-on collision on Highway 119 near the Calloway Community on Tanyard Hill involving two vehicles. Responding to the scene was Bell County EMS, Bell county Rescue Squad, and Bell County Volunteer Fire Department. Also attempting to respond was Bell County Deputy Jonathan Franklin.

As Deputy Franklin was approximately a mile from the scene he came around a curve and hit a patch of snow and slush which caused him to lose control of his cruiser near the entrance to Balkan striking a Ford Taurus head-on.

Deputy Franklin was able to contact dispatch for help and Sgt. Patrick Brooks responded along with Lifeguard Ambulance service who transported him to a hospital. While the deputy did not suffer any life-threatening injuries he was hurt in the accident. The occupants of the Taurus refused any medical assistance and their vehicle was towed from the scene.

Also responding to the scene was Wagner Towing who retrieved the deputy's cruiser.

Four people were taken to the hospital involved in the initial accident with non-life threatening injuries. Kentucky State Police Trooper Taylor Mills is in charge of the investigation into that accident.

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