The accident occurred at 6 p.m. when Vickie Creech, 46, Kenvir, was traveling west on KY 38 in a 2003 Chevy Trailblazer.
Pearl Baker, 45, Harlan, was traveling east in a 2001 Ford pickup truck when he struck Creech's vehicle head-on, according to a Kentucky State Police report.
Baker's vehicle came to rest sideways on the highway facing north, while Creech's vehicle was propelled from the road where it remained facing west. Baker's vehicle sustained moderate damage to the front driver side. Creech's vehicle was damaged severely, even tearing the front driver's side wheel from the axle.
Baker was transported to Harlan Appalachian Regional Hospital where he was treated for injuries and released.
Members of the Harlan City Fire Department and Harlan County Rescue Squad removed Creech from the vehicle, carefully using several hydraulic tools. Parts of the vehicle had to be cut, and then hydraulics were used to uncompress the front of the vehicle, which had trapped Creech's legs.
Police cleared a portion of KY 38 for a helicopter from Lifenet Air Medical Services of Hazard to land at the scene, but after circling the area the pilot proceeded to land at HARH. Life Care personnel transported Baker to HARH where she was then flown to the University of Kentucky Medical Center. She was reported to be in the emergency room at press time.
The accident is being investigated by Kentucky State Police trooper Marcus Williams. He was assisted by trooper Jimmy Halcomb, Sgt. Winston Yeary and officer Danny Ball of the Harlan City Police, and deputies Jason Snelling and Jayson Howard of the Harlan County Sheriff's Office. Also assisting at the scene were members of the Harlan City Fire Department, Harlan County Rescue Squad and Harlan EMS.