A 72-year-old Kentucky grandma was killed when a 2,600-pounds Denny’s sign collapsed on her vehicle and crushed it.
Thursday afternoon, as Lillian Mae Curtis was returning home after picking up her husband from the Jewish Hospital in Kentucky, the sign was toppled by heavy winds.
Mrs. Curtis, who was seated in the car’s rear seat, was crushed. Mary Graham and her husband Lloyd Curtis were also injured.
The Elizabethtown Police Department is investigating the bizarre automobile crash shown in horrifying photographs.
It is thought that the family stopped for dinner on the way back from the hospital and was seated in the parking lot.
Ms. Curtis was driving with her daughter to the hospital, where her husband Lloyd had had heart surgery this week, to pick him up.
The grandma was trapped by the falling sign in the back seat of the automobile and had to be removed by emergency personnel.
Amy Nichols, her granddaughter, told WDRB News that her head injuries was fatal.
She said that her grandpa was transported to the hospital with fluid in his lungs and was awaiting transfer to the Jewish Hospital.
Her mother, Mary Graham, who was driving at the time, suffered a minor chest injury but has already been released from the hospital.
Chris Denham, a spokesperson for the Elizabethtown Police Department, expressed shock at the incident.
‘I’ve never seen anything like this,’ Denham said.
‘It’s certainly very windy out here and I’m certain that did have a factor and was involved in this.’
Crews removing the sign estimated that it weighted around 2,600 pounds, or the weight of a compact vehicle.
At the time of the accident, there were wind gusts of up to 50 miles per hour in the vicinity.
Amy Nichols, the granddaughter of Mrs. Curtis, said online that she did not know how her family would live without her.
‘This woman right here my beautiful nanny Lillian Mae Curtis was the matriarch of our family she was the strongest woman I have ever seen in my life.
‘I don’t know how myself or my family can even begin to live in a cold world without her in it.
‘She was my biggest supporter in life and always had me when nobody else did. I am so lost right now I can’t even function,’ Amy Nichols said.
‘She was my Nanny, she was my second momma, she was everything to me. I would give my life to have her back.
‘I love you so much nanny. I just want to hug you again and smell your cologne and tell you I love you. How do I say goodbye to you I wish it would of been me in that backseat not you. I just want you back.’
She has created a Gofundme page to seek funds for her grandmother’s funeral.
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