Stanton man killed in Monday morning accident on Hardwicks Creek Road
A Stanton man was killed and his female passenger injured in an accident on Hardwick’s Creek Road Monday morning. According to police, John Travis Briscoe, 29, died at the scene. His passenger, Melissa K. Johnson, 41, of Clay City, was injured.
Powell County’s 911 Dispatch Center received a call at 9:30 a.m. that a vehicle had went off the road, overturned and was in the Red River near where the old Hardwick’s Creek voting house used to be. That is less than a half mile from Exit 18 of the Mountain Parkway.
Emergency units arrived to find a rollback already trying to assist. The truck was passing by when it came upon the accident.
Another witness, along with the roll back driver, tried to render assistance until help arrived. They hooked up a chain to keep the vehicle from rolling into the river.
Members of the Clay City and Stanton fire departments arrived, as did officers from Clay City and Stanton’s police departments.
Powell County Deputy Robert “Rog” Mathews said that Briscoe was traveling south on Hardwick’s Creek Road in a 1994 GMC Sonoma.
“Apparently the tires dropped off the right side of the road and he (Briscoe) traveled several hundred feet before going off the road,” Mathews said. “It looks like he went airborne, clipped a tree and then rolled toward the river.” A tree stopped the truck from entering the river.
“I didn’t see any ice on the road, but the roads were wet,” Mathews, who is investigating the accident, said. “I’m not sure if the speed they were going was too much for the conditions and I don’t see any skid marks. He was wearing a seat belt, but we are not sure if she was.”
“We’re just really not sure exactly what caused the accident at this time,” Mathews said.
Briscoe was pronounced dead at the scene by Powell County Coroner Hondo Hearne. His body was taken to Frankfort for an autopsy. Johnson was taken by Powell EMS to a local hospital. Her condition was not known at press time.