Woman airlifted following accident


A Jackson County woman was flown to a Louisville hospital Sunday morning after she sustained pelvic and chest injuries in a wreck on State Road 135, just south of Freetown.

Kathryn Rudolph, 63, of Freetown, was injured after she lost control of her vehicle on the ice-covered roadway and her Dodge Durango hit a tree, Jackson County Officer Rob Henley said. The impact left Rudolph trapped in her vehicle.

Firefighters from Brownstown and Pershing Township volunteer firefighters responded to the wreck, reported at 8:50 a.m., to help free Rudolph using the Jaws of Life, Henley said.

One of the first emergency workers on the scene was Rudolph’s son, Clint, who is a trauma nurse at Schneck Medical Center in Seymour, Henley said.

Kathryn Rudolph was alert and able to talk with emergency personnel at the scene. That group also included another son of Kathryn Henley, county Officer Ben Rudolph, who assisted Henley along with Detective Bob Lucas.

She was treated by personnel with Jackson County Emergency Medical Services personnel before being to an emergency landing zone setup at State Road 135 and State 58. A StatFlight helicopter took her from there to University of Louisville Hospital.

Henley said icy roads was reported in shaded areas along county roads.

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