Eclipse watcher dead, another injured after being hit by car in Kentucky

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LESLIE COUNTY, Ky. (WKYT)- One woman is dead and another is injured after a car crashed into several people in downtown Hyden, Kentucky.

Officials say a 38-year-old Alyssa Noble was speeding and crashed into a power pole and flipped the vehicle. A medical helicopter flew Noble to Holsten Valley Hospital.

Police say 23-year-old Mackenzie Hayes of Hazard was pronounced dead at the scene after being struck by Noble's vehicle. She was an employee at the Primary Care next to where the crash occurred.

The crash also injured Rhonda Belcher, and a helicopter flew her to the University of Kentucky Medical Center.

Accident reconstruction units are on scene investigating the incident.

State Police believe the victims were watching the eclipse when they were hit by the vehicle.

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