Woman fatally crashes into eclipse viewers

KENTUCKY — A woman watching the solar eclipse was killed and two others injured Monday when a car drove into a crowd of people who had gathered to watch the spectacle, authorities said.

Alyssa Noble, 38, lost control of her 2001 Lincoln LS, swerved into a telephone pole, and then struck two women on the sidewalk in Hyden, Kentucky, state police Capt. Jennifer Sandlin said.

Mackenzie P. Hays, 23, died at the scene, and Rhonda Belcher, 41, was airlifted to the University of Kentucky Hospital, officials said.

It is unclear what led to the crash; the case is still under investigation.

Before the eclipse began its dramatic move across the country, the AAA had urged drivers to pull over if they wanted to look up, and advised against wearing eclipse glasses behind the wheel

Yesterday was the first total solar eclipse to cross the nation since 1918.

The historic eclipse carved a narrow “path of totality” all the way from Salem, Oregon, to Charleston, South Carolina.

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