PRESTONSBURG — A major car accident conspired with ongoing sidewalk construction to congest traffic midday Friday.
Officer Gerald Clark says that a Jeep Commander pulling out from Rt. 2555 near Archer Park collided with a Chevrolet Suburban going straight on Rt. 114. While nothing has been confirmed and investigation into the wreck is ongoing, it appears that one of the two vehicles involved had run the red light at the intersection. The ensuing collision sent the driver of the Jeep to the hospital, though the driver and two passengers in the Suburban were unharmed.
Cleanup lasted into the afternoon. Traffic had already been slowed in downtown Prestonsburg, due to crews rebuilding parts of the sidewalk. Traffic around the accident reduced to one lane heading east into downtown Prestonsburg, and westbound vehicles were mostly diverted through Archer Park.
While crews continued to work the scene, just half a mile away a Nissan Sentra and a Chevrolet Malibu had a very minor accident in the eastbound lanes of Rt. 114. Congestion from the first accident is not believed to have been a factor.