Update: 3 released from hosptial after US 60 crash in Crittenden County injures 4


Web Editor - Ryan Burkett

2nd update: Keith Todd with the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet reports the driver, Valina Yates, has been released from the hospital.  The deputy jailer is being held for observation.

Two Kentucky Transportation Cabinet employees were treated and released from Crittenden County Hospital on Thursay, after they were struck by a vehicle involved in a work zone crash on US 60 East of Marion.

The driver of one of the vehicles involved and a deputy jailer who was supervising a jail work crew at the site were still being treated at last report.

A westbound SUV collided with an unloaded eastbound log truck in the work zone along US 60 in the Mattoon community near the 16 mile marker.

The SUV skidded out of control striking a highway crew support vehicle and hitting the two highway workers, as well as the deputy jailer.

Several other workers at the site were missed by the skidding SUV.  The truck driver was not injured.

The crash caused a leak in the truck fuel tank, spreading diesel fuel along roughly 100-yard section of highway.  The fuel spill clean up kept traffic at the site restricted to one lane for about two hours.

The work zone was to allow highway personnel and the jail work crew to clear brush along the roadway.

Kentucky Transportation Cabinet spokesman Keith Todd credited quick action by highway personnel at the site with getting appropriate help for those who were injured.

The Crittenden County Sheriff's Department is investigating the crash.   KYTC safety personnel will conduct a follow-up safety review of the work zone incident.

Update: The sheriff's department says Valina Yates, 37, was driving a Ford Explorer and crossed the center line before sideswiping a semi tractor-trailer.

Her vehicle spun, hit a guardrail, and ran into three people.  Yates and the three pedestrians were taken to a hospital.    

All but one was released.

Earlier story:

CRITTENDEN COUNTY, Ky. - A crash on US 60 in Crittenden County injured four people and forced a lane closure this morning.

The crash involved a passenger vehicle, a log truck and a highway crew support vehicle, and occurred east of KY 654 around mile marker 16.

The identities and conditions of those injured are not yet known.

(Note: The above photo is of crews cleaning up the scene and directing traffic and comes from the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet.)