Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)

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March 12, 2014

Coal Grove officer injured in accident

COAL GROVE — A Coal Grove police officer responding to a call was involved in an accident and taken to St. Mary’s Medical Center in Huntington on Wednesday afternoon.

The officer, Jake Emnett, was traveling eastbound on U.S. 52, near the twin bridges between Ironton and Coal Grove, when he lost control of the car near the overpass above Muth Lumber. The officer was able to crawl out of the car, which became wedged in the guardrail underneath the bridge with the front of the car facing westbound.

Emnett was alert and speaking prior to being transported and was expected to be released from the hospital. He said he was wearing a seatbelt.

Witnesses said the cruiser appeared to be traveling at nearly 90 mph when the accident happened. He was responding to a house alarm on Washington Street.

The Ironton and Coal Grove police departments responded, along with the Lawrence County Sheriff’s Department, the Ironton Fire Department, the Ohio State Highway Patrol, the Coal Grove fire chief and Lawrence County EMS.

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