Deputies rescue driver from burning truck

Posted at 11:26 AM, Jan 27, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-27 19:38:24-05

HEBRON, Ky. – Deputies rescued a driver trapped in a burning truck, four people were hospitalized and northbound lanes of North Bend Road were closed for nearly 4.5 hours Wednesday after a head-on crash with four vehicles.

Danielle Honshell, 22, of Burlington, was driving south in the northbound lanes of KY-237 near Wright Boulevard in a 2007 Honda Civic at about 5:20 a.m. when the car sideswiped 62-year-old Rukia Ali’s 2010 Jeep, according to Major Tom Scheben of the Boone County Sheriff’s Office.

Ali was hospitalized with complaints of neck and back pain, Scheben said in a press release.

A piece of debris from the first collision landed in the windshield of a northbound 2012 Honda CR-V driven by 75-year-old Lee Hollon, according to Scheben. Debris from the broken glass injured Hollon’s wife, Nora, also 75, who was hospitalized at Saint Elizabeth Hospital.

The Honda Civic involved in the crash

Honshell’s Civic still continued south for about 150 yards, where it collided head-on with a 2003 Ford F-150 driven by Michael Puckett, 65, Scheben said. The impact sent the Civic off the road into a ditch. The pickup truck spin 180 degrees and caught fire. Both drivers were trapped in their vehicles.

First responding deputies Rachel Straus and Justin Ryle extricated Puckett from the burning pickup truck. Puckett was driven to University of Cincinnati Medical Center.

Hebron firefighters extricated Honshell from the Civic. She was flown to University of Cincinnati Medical Center with life-threatening injuries.

The Boone County Sheriff’s Office Accident Reconstruction Unit is investigating the crash.