Szczepan said it was reported that Tabitha L. Sergent, 23, of Cumberland, was traveling south on KY 522 in a 1995 Jeep Cherokee when she lost control after rounding a curve at Tunnel Hill. The vehicle crossed into the northbound lane and struck a utility pole guide wire and tree before rolling down an embankment approximately 75 feet. The vehicle came to rest on the passenger side.
Sergent was ejected from the vehicle. Passengers in the vehicle include Brian Riley, 34; Brad Fields, 24; and Dawn Marie Huff, 36, all of Lynch.
Szczepan said the Harlan County Rescue Squad was dispatched to the scene because Riley was pinned inside and his arm was caught underneath the Jeep. Szczepan, trooper Jimmy Halcomb and several on the scene assisted in raising the vehicle off Riley's arm while squad members placed blocks underneath for support. Squad members then used hydraulic tools to free Riley from the vehicle.
Szczepan said the occupants of the Jeep were not wearing seat belts. They were all transported to Harlan ARH Hospital. Riley and Sergent were transferred to the University of Tennessee Medical Center in Knoxville.
Trooper Rob Farley also assisted at the scene.