|The first significant snowfall of the season
resulted in numerous accidents, including one fatality, around the area. The snow also
prompted schools to dismissed early on Thursday and cancel classes on Friday.
County Sheriff's Department is investigating the fatal accident, which happened Thursday
afternoon on the AA Highway.
A spokesman with the department said Francis Aphrem, 23, of Ashland, was operating a
2002 Nissan Ultima and attempted to pass another vehicle. The spokesman said Aphrem's
vehicle slid across the roadway, struck a guardrail and then skidded into the path of an
Aphrem was pronounced dead at the scene by the Mason County coroner.
Several other, no so serious accidents, happened in Lewis County Thursday afternoon,
according to Lewis County Sheriff's Deputies.
Deputy Johnny Bivens is investigating an accident at about 3:30 p.m. Thursday in which
Troy Tolle of Vanceburg was operating a 2000 Dodge Dakota east on Ky. Rt. 8 when he lost
apparently lost control of the vehicle, went over an embankment and struck a tree. Tolle
and a passenger, Andora Pittman of Quincy, received minor injuries.
Johnny Bivens/Lewis County
Driver Troy Tolle of Vanceburg and passenger received
minor injuries as the result of an accident on a snow covered Ky. Rt. 8. Thursday, as snow
fell in the area.
Bivens said that at shortly after 5:00 p.m. an auto operated by Eric Switzer of
Vanceburg was traveling on Ky. Rt. 8 about two miles east of Vanceburg when he reportedly
attempted to pass an auto operated by Amber Flinders of Vanceburg. Bivens said the
Flinders was slowing as she prepared to make a turn off the roadway. The two vehicles
collided. No injuries were reported.
Bivens is also investigating an accident o the AA Highway about two miles west of
He said that Wayne Cantrell of Paintsville was operating an unloaded tractor-trailer
when an auto operated by Judith Bloomfield of Vanceburg was attempting to make a left turn
off the highway.
The tractor-trailer struck the Bloomfield vehicle, which then left he roadway, traveled
about 100 feet and struck a tree, Bivens said. Bloomfield was taken to Meadowview Regional
Medical Center in Maysville for treatment.
|Deputy Tom Polley is investigating an
accident that happened about 2:10 p.m. Thursday. Separate autos, operated by Christopher
Fannin and Enda Blevins, both of Garrison, were traveling north on Ky. Rt. 1306 when the
Fannin vehicle struck the rear of the Blevins vehicle. Polley said there were no injuries
He is also investigating an accident on Ky. Rt. 1306 at about 3:30 p.m. when a
school bus operated by Charles Rickett of spy Run, was traveling north when a 1978
Chevrolet pickup, operated by William E. Clark of Garrison, was pulling out of a driveway
and into the path of the school bus.
Polley said the two vehicles collided resulting in minimal damages to the vehicles. No
injuries were reported.
Polley and Deputy Mark Snedegar are investigating an accident Thursday afternoon on Ky.
Rt. 10 at Tollesboro.
Snedegar said an auto operated by Brent Nolen of Vanceburg was traveling east in a 1986
Ford F-150 pickup, while an auto operated by Charles D. Insko of Tollesboro was turning
into the roadway from the drive at Turner Tractor Sales.
He said that Insko apparently did not see the Nolder vehicle and pulled into the
roadway, striking the pickup. He said there were no injuries, although moderate damage was
sustained by both vehicles.
Snedegar is also investigating a single-vehicle accident on Ky. Rt. 8 east of Vanceburg
at the intersection of Fannin Lane.
He said a 1989 Chevrolet Beretta, operated by Bobby J. Clark of Garrison, was traveling
east when Clark lost control of the vehicle, went off the left side of the roadway, over a
culvert and then landing in a creek.
Snedegar said a passenger, Helen Bloomfield, was thrown from the vehicle through the
passenger side window.
Mark Snedegar/Lewis County
The passenger in this vehicle was injured as a result
of a single-vehicle accident west of Vanceburg on Thursday afternoon.
Bloomfield was taken to Southern Ohio Medical Center in Portsmouth, Ohio, for treatment
of multiple injuries. Clark reportedly declined treatment.
The deputies said hazardous road conditions as a result of the snow contributed to all
of the accidents.