Mar 3, 2012 9:12 AM
Sheriff John Root is reporting that numerous Laurel Sheriff's Deputies assisted on the search for victims of a suspected tornado that cut its path of destruction on Friday night from Fount Hubbard Road in western Laurel County , crossing Bentley Road north of London and Old Hare Road, over to Little Arthur Ridge Road, Radford Road Hensley Road(and Little Country Road), and finally over to Roy Black Road at Ky 30 . Rescuers reported that the path appeared to be up to 150 yards wide.
Four fatalities have been reported thus far. They include: Wilburn Pittman on Old Hare Road, Debbie Allen and Sherman Wayne Allen on Little Arthur Ridge Road, and Ethel Pruitt on Bentley Road. All the deceased were in mobile homes.
Reportedly numerous mobile homes were demolished, tossed down embankments, and thrown on top of one another, numerous trees were down across roadways(making it difficult for first responders to get into the area), power lines were down, and vehicles overturned.
Also involved in the search were Kentucky State Police.
Coordinating the efforts were Laurel County Emergency Management, and Crossroads Volunteer Fire Department and East Bernstadt Fire Department. They were assisted by Lily Fire Department, Laurel County Fire Department, London-Laurel County Rescue Squad, and McWhorter Fire Department.
Many ambulances from Ambulance Inc. of Laurel County, as well as ambulances from Knox County, Whitley County, Jackson County, and Clay County assisted in removing injured victims.
Traffic Control was provided by Laurel County Sheriff's Deputies, Ky State Police Troopers and CVE Officers, and Jackson County Sheriff's Office.
Numerous injured persons were removed from the affected area to St. Joseph Hospital London, some of those injured were critically injured, and were then flown out to UK Med in Lexington.
Assisting also was Laurel County Coroner Doug Bowling.
Other County Officials that responded to assist included: Sheriff John Root, Commonwealth Attorney Jackie Steele, Circuit Clerk Roger Schott, and Judge Executive David Westerfield.
The Kentucky National Guard was also activated to provide safety and security to the affected area overnight.
A thorough inspection of the affected area will be conducted at daybreak on Saturday by area emergency services personnel.