According to Lewis County Sheriff Johnny Bivens, he responded on Friday to a call of an accident with injuries on Ky. 59. He said a 2000 Ford Ranger, driven by 53-year-old Beverly Blankenship, was traveling south on 59 when the left, rear tire blew-out and caused Blankenship to lose control of the vehicle. The truck went off the right side of the road, struck an embankment and overturned twice.
Blankenship was taken to Southern Ohio Medical Center (SOMC) in Portsmouth by MedCorp Ambulance, and her condition was unknown Friday evening.
Also on Friday, Bivens said another single-vehicle accident occurred on Ky. 1149.
According to Bivens, officers responded to a call reporting a man sitting next to Ky. 09 covered in blood. The man was identified as 57-year-old Stephen Cooper of South Portsmouth. He was reportedly driving a 2002 Toyota Corolla south on Ky. 1149 when he lost control and left the right side of the road, traveling 75 feet down a steep embankment. He managed to get out of his vehicle and crawl up the embankment, where he was spotted by passing motorists who notified authorities.
Cooper suffered multiple injuries and was taken to SOMC in Portsmouth by MedCorp Ambulance. His condition also was not available Friday, and the accident remains under investigation.