Joe P. Asher
A man suffered an injury at approximately 3 p.m. on Saturday at the Black Mountain Thunder Zipline in Evarts.
According to Harlan County Outdoor Recreation Authority Board Chairman Dallas Gilbert, the individual was injured in much the same way Greg Kunkel, of Hebron, was injured approximately three weeks ago.
“Basically the same thing — he was another one that didn’t pick up their feet,” said Gilbert.
Gilbert explained there have been measures taken to ensure this same sort of accident does not happen again. The deck is now protected by a yellow pad with the word brake written on it.
“We had the padding ordered waiting on it to come in before the guy got hurt,” explained Gilbert.
According to Gilbert, the injury was a broken bone.
Gilbert stated he was not sure if it was the man’s ankle that was broken, as the break occurred about a hand’s length up the leg from the ankle.
The injured man was transported by Harlan EMS to a nearby location. The individual was then airlifted to Holston Valley Medical Center in Kingsport, Tenn.
Gilbert explained the decision to fly an injured person to a trauma center is made by the ambulance service.
“We call for help, and once they take charge of it then we’re out of the picture,” said Gilbert.
The Harlan County Rescue Squad assisted at the scene.
In police activity:
* The Harlan County Sheriff’s Office reported that Sherry Haywood-Saylor, 41, of Wallins, was arrested on Tuesday at approximately 10:15 p.m. on charges of possession of synthetic cannabinoid and endangering the welfare of a minor.
According to a press release provided by the sheriff’s office, deputies Danny Lewis and Matt Cope responded to Saylor’s residence due to a complaint made by Saylor’s father.
Lewis states in the release “Upon arrival, deputy Cope and I met with Sherry who was standing outside the residence. Sherry was asked what was going on and she stated that her dad was upset with her because she had given her juvenile son synthetic marijuana and let him smoke it in her presence.”
Saylor was arrested and lodged in the Harlan County Detention Center.
Reach Joe P. Asher at 606-573-4510 or jasher@heartland publications.com