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LEX 18 Investigates: First Responders Work To Get To Patient Left Stranded Without Bridge

Posted at 2:59 PM, Nov 16, 2018
and last updated 2018-11-16 18:43:56-05

GARRARD COUNTY, Ky. (LEX 18)– Without a bridge, it took first responders two and a half hours to get a man experiencing a medical emergency in Garrard County.

The incident happened less than 24 hours after LEX 18’s first story about the Garrard County residents stranded without a bridge.

Kenny Kinnard with Garrard County Road Works told LEX 18 Thursday that the contractor told him to go ahead and demolish the damaged bridge. As soon as the bridge came down, Ford Contracting was supposed to begin rebuilding a new one, but their owner is nowhere to be found.

The bridge on Bradshaw Road was demolished more than three weeks ago, leaving the residents stranded.  The only way in and out is over a mud-caked road that isn’t even on the map. It cannot be travelled on at night or without proper tires.

So when Josephine Hale’s husband needed an ambulance transport to Danville’s Ephraim McDowell Hospital, it took first responders two and a half hours to get him onto the ambulance. She said the only way to get Doug to the hospital was to use four-wheelers.

“If he had a heart attack, he’d have died before they could even get to you! There’s a little 4-year-old that lives next door to me. What if something happened to her? There’s no way to get to them. I’m not trying to point the blame at nobody, but they should’ve done something before they tore my bridge out,” said Josephine.

Garrard County’s Judge Executive is out of town until Monday, so he was unavailable for comment when LEX 18 went to his office.