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An elderly woman died and her son was airlifted to University of Louisville Hospital after a car’s sudden erratic behavior sent it over the edge of Cedar Creek rock quarry about 6:15 p.m. Friday.
Florence R. McRay, 91, of Springfield, died at the scene. She was a passenger in the car driven by her son, Ronnie R. McRay, of Lebanon. He was extricated from the vehicle by firefighters and police, and then airlifted by helicopter from a landing zone on KY 245 to the University Hospital in Louisville.
Ronnie McRay was traveling north on KY 245 in a tan Cadillac when he began to speed up, Bardstown Police Chief Rick McCubbin said Friday evening.
“Witnesses are telling us that the vehicle was driving normal for quite a ways, and when I say normal I mean within the speed (limit). ... At one point in front of El Jimador restaurant (it) just took off at a high rate of speed,” McCubbin said.
The vehicle hit a guardrail, hit the rear of a blue Grand Am driving in front of it, and drove off the right side of the road up a hill, McCubbin said. McRay then drove back onto KY 245, shot across the oncoming lane and drove down into the quarry on the south side of the road. The car landed upside down about halfway down into the Cedar Creek quarry, McCubbin said.
No one else was injured in the other vehicle and the Grand Am sustained only minor damage.
McCubbin said police conducted a reconstruction at the scene Friday night. The investigation is ongoing.