A local dispatcher was seriously injured early Monday morning in a rollover accident on the Corbin Bypass.
Debbie Manning, 44, of Williamsburg, a dispatcher at the Whitley County 911 Center, was involved in a single-vehicle crash on KY 3041 (Corbin Bypass) at about 7:30 a.m. Monday. The accident happened near the Moore Hill cutoff.
Manning apparently lost control of her vehicle and the car, a Chevrolet Aveo, overturned trapping her inside.
"She was right there in the S curve and she said she was doing about 45 mph when the wheel started wobbling," said Corbin Police Officer David Maiden, who investigated the crash. "Next thing she knew, she had slid off the roadway."
Maiden said Manning’s car struck a tree and flipped over, pinning her inside.
Firefighters with the Corbin Fire Department rushed to the scene and used the Jaws of Life to remove Manning from the wreckage. She was taken via Knox EMS ambulance to Baptist Regional Medical Center for treatment.
Maiden said he noticed nothing obviously mechanically wrong with the vehicle. He added, though, that the roadway Monday morning was slick from rainfall.
Whitley County 911 Center Director Chuck Davis said Manning is expected to make a full recovery. She had surgery Monday at BRMC to remove her spleen.
"When you spend 12 hours a day three or four days a week with people, you get to know everybody pretty well. It’s like a family," Davis said. "She’s one of the best [dispatchers] we’ve got. She’s very calm, cool and collected when it comes to taking care of emergencies."
Davis said Manning has been working at the Whitley County 911 Center for approximately nine and half years. She also dispatches part-time with Knox County 911 and formerly worked as a dispatcher for the city of Corbin. She was returning to Williamsburg after working a shift at Knox County the Knox County 911 Center when the accident occurred.
Manning was the only occupant in the vehicle. Police say she was wearing her seat belt. Neither drug use nor alcohol use are suspected as factors in the crash.
Manning remained hospitalized as of press time Tuesday.