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March 7, 2014

Details of collision released by KSP

PRINCESS — A three-vehicle accident on U.S. 60 in Boyd County Thursday evening claimed the life of an East Carter High School senior and injured five others, Kentucky State Police at Ashland said.

Alexandra “Paige” Bush, 17, of Grayson, was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash, which occurred shortly before 6 p.m. at the junction of U.S. 60 and Ky. 5. Bush, who wasn’t wearing a seat belt, was thrown from a vehicle driven by her stepfather and also occupied by her mother and by a fellow ECHS student.

According to the KSP, the accident occurred when a westbound 1997 Toyota Camry being driven by Terrell Banks, 25, of Grayson, veered across the center line, entered the eastbound lane and struck the driver’s side of a 1997 Chevrolet Blazer being driven by David Maggard, 40, of Grayson, Bush’s stepfather.

Following the impact, Maggard lost control of his vehicle, which hit the eastbound barrier wall. Maggard then over-corrected, causing the Blazer to veer into the westbound lane of U.S. 60, the KSP said.

Maggard’s vehicle then hit the westbound barrier wall, overturned and was struck by a 2004 Lincoln Town Car driven by Darrell Vincent, 79, of Ashland, which was traveling westbound behind Banks, the KSP said.

Bush was pronounced dead at the scene by the Boyd County Coroner’s Office, the KSP said. Maggard and passengers Carmel Maggard, 41, Bush’s mother, and Stephanie Freize, 17, of Grayson, all were taken to St. Mary’s Medical Center with serious injuries. At press time, Carmel Maggard was listed in critical condition and David Maggard and Freize both were listed in fair condition.

No one in the Maggard vehicle was wearing a seat belt, the KSP said.

Vincent and a passenger in his vehicle, Betty Vincent, 75, also were taken to St. Mary’s. Darrell Vincent was listed in satisfactory condition; Betty Vincent in serious condition. The Vincents both were wearing seat belts, the KSP said.

Banks and his passenger, Jascy Lizarraga, 20, of Ashland, both were taken to King’s Daughters Medical Center as a precautionary measure and later released. Both were wearing seat belts, the KSP said.

The KSP said the crash did not appear to be drug- or alcohol-related.

Multiple agencies responded to the accident and assisted at the scene, including the Boyd County Sheriff’s Department, Cannonsburg Fire Department and Boyd County Emergency Medical Services.

The accident closed down U.S. 60 for approximately five hours.

The crash remains under investigation by Trooper Josh Satterly.

 KENNETH HART can be reached at khart@dailyindependent.com or (606) 326-2654.

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