Three survive helicopter crash in Lee County

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BEATTYVILLE, Ky. (WYMT/WKYT) - Police and fire officials were called to the scene of a crash involving a medical helicopter.

It happened around 4:30 this morning in the St. Helens Community, just east of Beattyville in Lee County.

"It was early in the morning, it was dark,” said Stuart Morris, Captain with the Beattyville Police Department.

"Extraordinarily loud," Said Bub Reese, who owns a store near the scene.

It was a scene people in Lee County are not used to seeing.

"For a place like this, it’s an odd occurrence," said Reese.

Tuesday a medical helicopter lay in a field off Route 52 in Lee County, after it crashed, with three people on board.

Debris was still scattered across the grass.

Officials said crews on that helicopter were heading to pick up someone involved in a car crash.

Folks said they were only 400 feet from the landing pad.

"If it had been over there instead of over here it could have been a disaster," said Reese.

Officials said they do not know how the helicopter crashed.

The paramedic and the victim of the car crash were both taken to Kentucky River Medical Center.

The FAA and National Transportation Safety Board will also investigate the crash.

Firefighters say high winds might have been a factor.
A medical helicopter crashed Tuesday morning in Lee County.

Lee County Ambulance Director Steve McIntosh says all three crew members survived the crash.

McIntosh said the crash happened around 5:30 in the St. Helens community, east of Beattyville.

The pilot refused treatment and the other two crew members were taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries, McIntosh said.

Officials tell WYMT the helicopter was about 400 feet away from the landing pad when it crashed.

The cause of the crash remains under investigation.