November 8, 2012

Lily man critical after head-on crash

By Nita Johnson
Staff Writer

LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. — A Lily man was undergoing surgery at press time Tuesday for head injuries sustained in a two-vehicle head-on crash earlier that morning.

According to his fiancée's father, 22-year-old Michael Brock of Queen Road in Lily, suffered from brain injuries, numerous broken bones, a burst spleen and facial injuries from a head-on collision on south U.S. 25, two miles south of London, around 7:30 a.m.

Family members were at the University of Kentucky Medical Center while Brock underwent surgery. His soon-to-be father-in-law said Brock’s “brain shifted” from the impact of the wreck.

“They’ve already removed his spleen but right now they’re worried most about his brain shifting and that’s what they’re doing surgery on now,” he said.

According to a press release from the Laurel County Sheriff’s Office, Brock was driving a Pontiac Sunfire southbound on U.S. 25 when he went into the northbound lane and hit a Toyota pickup, driven by 61-year-old William M. Abbott of Riverside Loop in Lily, head-on.

The crash sent both vehicles into the northbound lane, with members of the London-Laurel County Rescue Squad having to extricate Brock from the vehicle.

He was then flown from the scene to the Lexington hospital. He is listed in critical condition.

Abbott was transported to Saint Joseph London for his injuries.

The investigation is being conducted by Sgt. Chuck Johnson, who is an accident reconstructionist. Assisting at the scene were Chief Deputy Eddy Sizemore, Sgt. Josh Gaylor, Deputy James Sizemore, Ambulance Inc. of Laurel County, Laurel County Volunteer Fire Department, and London-Laurel County Rescue Squad.