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A woman in Kentucky died after being hit by a car while watching the eclipse


One woman has died after a vehicle struck several people who were watching the solar eclipse from a sidewalk in Hyden, Kentucky.

State Police Trooper Jody Sims said the vehicle crossed the center line, hitting a utility pole and a small group of pedestrians.

Mackenzie P. Hays, 23, was pronounced dead at the scene. Hayes was an employee at the Primary Care Centers next to where the crash happened, CBS affiliate WKYT reports.

"A tragic accident occurred today involving our Primary Care Centers family," Barry Martin, the CEO of Primary Care Centers, said in a statement to WKYT. "We are asking that everyone keep all of those involved in your prayers and be respectful of their privacy."

Another woman, 41-year-old Rhonda Belcher, was airlifted to the University of Kentucky Hospital in Lexington. Thirty-eight-year-old motorist Alyssa Noble was taken to a medical center. Noble’s and Belcher’s conditions were not immediately available.

Police have not said what caused the crash, but it remains under investigation.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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