Kentucky tragedy: Elderly woman, 72, killed and 2 more injured after Denny's signboard falls on parked car
ELIZABETHTOWN, KENTUCKY: A 72-year-old woman died after Denny’s restaurant sign fell onto a parked car in Elizabethtown, Kentucky. The tragic accident took place at around 1.30 pm on Thursday, January 19. The car on which the restaurant sign fell was parked in a parking lot at North Mulberry Street. However, the elderly woman was not the only victim of the incident. A woman and a man had to be pulled out from the wrecked car following the mishap. The rescue operation was conducted by the Elizabethtown Fire Department and Hardin County EMS. The injured people were rushed to a hospital shortly after.
The Sun reported that the elderly woman was driven to the University of Louisville hospital in critical condition where she died. The other two victims were taken to the Baptist Health Hardin hospital with comparatively less serious injuries. Police revealed that the winds caused the signboard to fall onto the car. At the time of the incident, the winds in the area had reached speeds of 50 miles per hour.
The Elizabethtown Police Department has been handling the investigation. Addressing the incident, police spokesman Chris Denham said that he had “never seen anything like this.” He then added, “It’s certainly very windy out here and I’m certain that did have a factor and was involved in this.” Witness statements also matched the police’s theories when they confirmed that the wind had caused the board to fall. The City of Elizabethtown’s Planning Department has joined the police in the investigation.
The incident comes a little more than a month after another freak accident where an SUV rammed into an Apple Store in Massachusetts, killing one and injuring 16 civilians. More than ten ambulances, along with police and fire tenders, were pressed into action to assist in the recovery operation. It is said that the car had traveled to the back of the store after crashing through the glass. "It was scary because no one knew what had just happened and what was going on, there were a lot of people running around,” an eyewitness had revealed. "I saw the car in the back of the store so it looked like there were people that may have been trapped back there.”