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Bell County deputy hits car head-on while responding to head-on crash, no life-threatening injuries

Officials said that deputy Jonathan Franklin was responding to a head-on collision on Highway 119 before hitting a patch of snow and losing control of the car.

BELL COUNTY, Ky. — A deputy with the Bell County Sheriff's Department was in an accident while responding to a head-on crash Saturday evening, according to a release from officials.

They said that the head-on crash happened around 5:26 p.m. Saturday on Highway 119, near the Calloway Community on Tanyard Hill. It involved two vehicles and EMS services responded along with the Bell County Rescue Squad and the Bell County Volunteer Fire Department.

Deputy Jonathan Franklin also responded to the crash. Around a mile from it, he came around a curve and hit a patch of snow and slush which caused him to lose control of his cruiser and hit a Ford Taurus head-on. He crashed near the entrance to Balkan, police said.

Franklin called for help through dispatch, and deputies responded along with Lifeguard Ambulance services. He was transported to a hospital and although did not suffer life-threatening injuries, officials said he was hurt in the accident.

Wagner Tower later retrieved the cruiser, officials said. Four people were taken to the hospital in the initial crash with non-life-threatening injuries.

The occupants of the Taurus did not want any medical assistance. Their car was towed away, officials said.

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