Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)

April 4, 2013

Vehicle hits house in Lewis

Kenneth Hart
The Independent

VANCEBURG — A vehicle veered off the road and slammed into a house in Lewis County on Tuesday, injuring four.

The incident occurred about 5:30 p.m. on RC Lane in Vanceburg. According to Lewis County Sheriff Johnny Bivens, 52-year-old John Templeton of Foster was traveling westbound when he lost control of his 2006 Chevrolet pickup.

The truck went off the right-hand side of the road and crashed into the residence of Doug Hyrne, Bivens said. Hyrne, Wanda Geagley and Geagley’s grandson were in the living room at the time.

At least two of those in the house were hit by the truck and thrown onto the front porch, Bivens said. The impact caused the front portion of the home to collapse onto the victims, trapping them beneath debris for about 30 minutes, he said.

All three victims were flown to Cabell Huntington Hospital with injuries Bivens described as serious, but not life-threatening. He said those injuries included broken bones. Templeton was taken to Meadowview Regional Medical Center in Maysville.

Bivens said the vehicle’s event data recorder, or “black box,” was retrieved and was being analyzed by the Kentucky State Police. He said the results would determine how fast the truck was going before and upon impact, as well as whether any braking occurred prior to the crash.

The sheriff also said the results of his department’s investigation would be presented to a Lewis County grand jury.

He said there was currently no evidence to indicate drugs or alcohol played a role in the accident.

KENNETH HART can be reached at khart@dailyindependent.com or

(606) 326-2654.