A 73-year-old Monroe County woman has died from injuries she sustained in a traffic accident Sunday.

Jean Poland of Tompkinsville died at Vanderbilt Hospital in Nashville.

A report issued by the Tompkinsville Police Department said a car driven by Poland was traveling north at the intersection of Sherry Drive and Jim Bryant Avenue when the vehicle left the roadway and struck a tree. The accident occurred around noon.

Poland, and her son, Tony Poland, 43, also of Tompkinsville, a passenger in the vehicle, were transferred from the scene of the accident to the Monroe County Medical Center.

Both were later flown by air ambulance to Vanderbilt Medical Center in Nashville, where Jean Poland died a short time later.

Tony Poland remains in critical condition at Vanderbilt.

Officer Brian Coffelt of the Tompkinsville Police Department continues to investigate.

A Sunday traffic accident also claimed the life of a Butler County man.

That accident occurred just before 5 p.m. on the Jolertown Ridge Road.

Twenty-year-old Joshua Johnson of Morgantown was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident by Butler County Deputy Coroner Marty Jones at 5:45 p.m.

Johnson was driving a Suzuki dirt bike without a helmet at the time of the accident, according to a report issued by Kentucky State Police.

According to police, a 1982 Chevrolet truck, driven by Mark Chute, 35, of Morgantown, was traveling north on Jolertown Ridge Road, when the dirt bike entered the northbound lane striking the Chute vehicle.

The impact caused Johnson to strike the windshield of the truck.

Despite lifesaving techniques performed at the scene by witnesses, police said Johnson died from injuries he sustained.


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