Watch CBS News

2 eclipse watchers hit by car on sidewalk, one dies, police say

Authorities say two women watching the eclipse while standing on a sidewalk in Kentucky were struck by a car, and one has died.

State Police Trooper Jody Sims says the car crossed the center line and hit a utility pole as well as the pedestrians Monday in Hyden, about 120 miles southeast of Lexington. The car ended up resting on its side.

Sims says 23-year-old Mackenzie P. Hays was pronounced dead, and 41-year-old Rhonda Belcher was flown to the University of Kentucky Hospital in Lexington. Thirty-eight-year-old motorist Alyssa Noble was taken to a medical center. Wooton's and Noble's conditions weren't immediately known.

State Police Capt. Jennifer Sandlin confirmed the pedestrians were viewing the partial eclipse. Police didn't say what caused the crash.

CBS Lexington, Kentucky affiliate WKYT-TV reports the two worked at Primary Care and were on a lunch break when the crash happened.

It was unclear whether the driver, Alyssa Noble, was under the influence at the time, the station says.

View CBS News In
CBS News App Open
Chrome Safari Continue
Be the first to know
Get browser notifications for breaking news, live events, and exclusive reporting.