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One critically injured in Rockhouse wreck


ROCKHOUSE ROAD – A Magoffin County man is in critical condition after a wreck on Rockhouse Road on Saturday.

Salyersville Fire Chief Paul Howard told Mortimer Media Group they received a call at approximately 8:45 p.m. on December 1, stating that a vehicle had wrecked and was on fire on Rockhouse Road.

When he arrived on the scene, the vehicle, a Jeep SUV, was turned upside down and was on fire. He was told someone was still in the vehicle, so Howard and Joey Hall pulled him out of the vehicle.

Howard then learned it was JD Conley, the son of Magoffin County Rescue Squad Captain Carter Conley and a member of the rescue squad, himself.

From what officials can gather, Conley exited his driveway on Rockhouse Road, traveled a few hundred feet and hit a tree, with the vehicle falling down an embankment and landing on its top. A passing driver stopped in the road to clear some debris when she heard Conley’s moans and screams for help.

Another driver pulled over and called 911 and by the time emergency crews got there the SUV was on fire, but Conley was alert and talking to them from the inside the vehicle. They used four fire extinguishers in an attempt to slow the fire enough to get Conley out, but the fire spread quickly and his clothes were on fire as he was pulled out of the Jeep.

Conley suffered second and third-degree burns, broken ribs, a fractured skull and facial trauma. He was airlifted to Pikeville Medical Center and then transferred to Cabell Huntington Hospital, where he remains at press time in stable but critical condition in the ICU.

Carter Conley told Mortimer Media Group Conley has undergone surgery and all of his vitals are good, noting the doctors are hopeful he’ll be able to recover.


Heather Oney

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