Thursday 22 August, 2019

Pedestrian killed by car during eclipse viewing in US

Women sell eclipse glasses on the roadside in the United States on Monday. (PHOTO: AP)

Women sell eclipse glasses on the roadside in the United States on Monday. (PHOTO: AP)

Kentucky State Police say a car fatally struck a pedestrian during the solar eclipse.

Trooper Jody Sims says in a news release that the car crossed the centre line and hit a utility pole and two women on a sidewalk in Hyden.

Media outlets report the pedestrians had been watching the partial eclipse. Hyden is in southeastern Kentucky, about 120 miles southeast of Lexington.

Sims says 23-year-old pedestrian Mackenzie P. Hays of Hazard was pronounced dead at the scene.

Another pedestrian, 41-year-old Rhonda Belcher of Wooton, was flown to the University of Kentucky Hospital in Lexington, and the driver of the car, 38-year-old Alyssa Noble of Hyden was transported to Holston-Valley Medical Center in Kingsport, Tennessee.

The condition of Wooton and Noble weren't immediately known.

State police are investigating.

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