By Nita Johnson
LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. —
It was a close call for three people who landed in a pond after their vehicle slid on rain-slick roads on Sunday afternoon.
Berea resident Tina Nichols, her 19-year-old son Derek and 38-year-old Kevin Hampton of London were traveling north on Corn Cemetery Road, eight miles south of London, around 3 p.m. when the passengers in the vehicle reported seeing a deer run across the road in front of them.
Nichols, who was driving her 2011 Nissan Altima, allegedly swerved to avoid hitting the deer, then lost control of the vehicle. The car crashed through a fence and landed in a pond.
The press release from the Laurel County Sheriff’s Office states that all three passengers were able to get out of the vehicle before it became submerged in the pond.
All three victims were taken to Saint Joseph London for treatment of non-life threatening injuries.
Laurel County Sheriff’s Deputy Mike Ashurst investigated the accident. He was assisted at the scene by Ambulance Inc. of Laurel County, Deputy Larry Parrott and members of the Keavy Volunteer Fire Department.