(Editor's Note: In June 2006, Dycusburg suffered a tragic loss when Andrea LeFan was killed in a car wreck on Hwy. 295. Now, her family feels her life would have been spared had she been able to quickly get to a local trauma center. This article appears in the Dec. 30, 2007 issue of the Louisville Courier-Journal, and includes a photo gallery and related video. An excerpt appears below, with the link following.)
DYCUSBURG, Ky. -- As a stretcher carrying Andrea LeFan was moved toward a waiting helicopter, her mother recalled saying, "You're gonna be OK. You're gonna make it."
But those turned out to be the last moments Jamie King would see her 16-year-old daughter conscious.
A Trans Am speeding down a winding road in Western Kentucky had struck Andrea's Chevy head-on. With no nearby hospital able to handle her injuries, she was airlifted to Deaconess Health System in Evansville, Ind., arriving 80 minutes after the June 5, 2006, wreck.
A team of doctors struggled to save her. But it was too late.
"If she were hurt in Louisville, it is very possible she would have lived," said Dr. William Barnes, a Western Kentucky physician who examined her medical records. "But she definitely had no chance where she was."
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