Three people were injured early Tuesday morning when a Jeep went over a 75-foot cliff and into the Kentucky River in Jessamine County.
Johnna Chavarria, 22, was driving on a narrow road near Lock 7 about 1:25 a.m. when she lost control and the Jeep went over the cliff, said Chief Deputy Allen Peel of the Jessamine County Sheriff's Department.
Chavarria was flown to University of Kentucky Chandler Hospital, and her passenger, Lee Messer, 18, was transported by Jessamine County EMS.
Alcohol is expected to have been a factor, Peel said.
A man who had not been in the Jeep when it went over the cliff was taken to the hospital with minor injuries, Peel said. It is not certain why the man was there, but it seems he had been trying to help the people in the car.
Firefighters rappelled from the cliff to reach the river, Fire Chief Mike Rupert said.
Then they had to walk the three out through Lock 7, Rupert said. Firefighters had planned to use boats to get the victims out, but floodwaters had muddied the ramps.