Pike County deputy okay after crash near Louisiana
Pike County deputy Jody Blaylock’s K-9 unit patrol car went off the road after hitting ice on Hwy. 79.
Despite warm temperatures, two solo vehicle accidents occurred on icy spots along Hwy. 79 the morning of Saturday, Nov. 30.
The first happened to Pike County Sheriff’s Deputy Jody Blaylock, who was shaken up but not injured.
Blaylock was northbound on the highway in a curve just south of Louisiana and the Buffalo Creek bridge about 11:05 a.m. when he lost control of his patrol car.
Blaylock’s vehicle went off the right side of the road backwards and into a ditch. It came to rest against a line of small trees between the roadway and the BNSF Railway tracks.
Blaylock said at the scene that he was okay, as was his police dog, Sabo.
“The cage system they put in (the rear seat area) kept Sabo safe,” Blaylock said. “There’s patchy sheets of ice out there and I happened to catch one.”
Blaylock was taken to Pike County Memorial Hospital for observation but showed no injuries, according to Pike County Sheriff Stephen Korte.
Blaylock was not responding to a call and was patrolling on normal duty when the crash occurred, Korte said.
Blaylock’s K-9 unit patrol car suffered damage to the back right fender and trunk and the right rear tire rim was bent, Korte said. The cost to repair the car is pending estimates, Korte added.
The second accident occurred at 11:15 a.m. about 1 1/2 miles north of Clarksville on Hwy. 79, Korte said.
Janet Elliott of Louisiana was southbound when her Jeep Cherokee hit ice and slid off the right side of the road.
Elliott overcorrected, sliding into the ditch on the west side of the highway, Korte reported.
Elliott’s vehicle overturned, coming to rest on its side. She refused medical treatment at the scene.