Upon Sheriff Brockman’s arrival on scene it was found that 2 occupants had been ejected and a female was pinned underneath a van where it had landed on her after she was ejected. Adair EMS arrived on scene along with Columbia Adair County Fire Department. The fire department was able to dig the ditch line out manually with shovels before lifting devices arrived on scene making it possible to remove her from underneath the vehicle.
Preliminary investigation shows that unit 1 being a 2004 Chevy utility van operated by Robert Hagy, 71, of Columbia was traveling west on KY 76 along with his passenger Connie McGowan 51 of Columbia. Hagy dropped off the shoulder of the road and over corrected in attempt to regain control. The vehicle crossed the center line and struck a 2002 Jeep operated by Michaela Waskoski, 19, of Columbia in a head on collision. The van then spun around in roadway ejecting Hagy and McGowan from the vehicle. Hagy was thrown clear however McGowan landed in a ditch and the van came to rest on top of her in ditch. Hagy was treated on scene by EMS and took to TJ Health of Columbia. McGowan was treated on scene by EMS after being freed from vehicle and transported to Russell County Hospital where she was transferred to University of KY with serious injuries. Waskoski was not transported by EMS.
Deputy Chandler Staten is lead investigator on collision and was assisted by Deputy Brandon Hitch and Sheriff Brockman.