By James Cook, Times Reporter
A Saturday morning accident in Stanton sent two men to the hospital and shut down part of Washington Street for nearly an hour. The accident involved the Estill County Jailer after he reportedly ran a stop sign at the intersection at Railroad Street just after 8:30 a.m.
Stanton Police Chief Kevin Neal, Powell Deputy Grant Faulkner, the Stanton Fire Department and the Powell County Ambulance Service responded to the scene. Upon arriving they found an Estill County Detention Center cruiser facing southbound on Washington Street after it had been struck by a 1994 Chevrolet C/K 1500 driven by David L. Jones of Stanton. Inside the cruiser officers found James Morris of Irvine.
According to police Morris had just dropped off release papers at the Powell County Detention Center for an Estill County inmate that was being held there. Morris apparently was heading to Breathitt County, according to what he told police, and drove down Breckinridge Street before turning east on Railroad Street. Morris failed to stop at the intersection, running the stop sign. Jones was unable to stop and hit the cruiser on the driver’s side front quarter panel.
The accident caused serious damage to both vehicles and both had to be taken away by local towing companies.
Morris, 68, suffered what appeared to be a broken left arm and was taken by Powell County Ambulance to Clark Regional Medical Center. He was then transferred to the UK Medical Center. Jones, 50, reportedly was also transported to Clark Regional with a leg injury. There was no information about Jones’ injury at press time.
“He (Morris) said he couldn’t remember what happened when I spoke to him at the scene,” Chief Neal said. “There was what we call a little shadowing, which is a light skid mark, just as you pass the white line where you are supposed to stop at the sign. You usually see that when someone realizes they need to stop but it is too late. It looks quite apparent that he ran the stop sign and the other driver stated as much too.”
According to his office Morris has undergone possibly three surgeries on the arm. The first was to place a steel plate at the shoulder, it as unclear what the second surgery was for and the third was reportedly done by a vascular surgeon. The latest surgery took place on Tuesday.