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Five subjects involved in single vehicle accident / riding in back of pickup truck in Elliott County

Date of News Release: 04/25/2011

(Morehead, Ky.) -- Link Barker, age 22, was operating a Ford Ranger with two passengers in the cab and two passengers in the back of the truck while travelling west on KY 504 at a high rate of speed. Mr. Barker lost control of the truck, dropped off the right shoulder, over-corrected, and crossed the opposite lane of travel striking an embankment and overturning. All occupants of the truck were ejected. Link Barker and Russell Lester, who was in the back of the truck, were both transported by helicopter to Cabel Huntington Hospital. Donna Shirley was transported by EMS to St. Claire Hospital in Morehead. Ricky Juniper, also riding in back of the truck, was transported from the scene by private vehicle to seek medical attention. Carrie Garris fled from the accident scene on foot prior to the arrival of Trooper Collett. The accident remains under investigation by Trooper Royce Collett.

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