By Nita Johnson
LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. — Traffic was backed up in both lanes of Ky. 192 for nearly an hour following a two-vehicle crash on a rain-slick road in which a London man died.
Dwight Allen, 63, of London, suffered fatal injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene by Laurel County Coroner Doug Bowling.
The county’s 10th fatal accident of the year occurred around 11 a.m. Monday when a white Pontiac Grand Am, driven by Allen, was traveling west on Ky. 192 and lost control around a curve. The Grand Am slid completely around, facing east and into the path of a Chevrolet Trailblazer that was traveling east.
The driver of the Trailblazer, 23-year-old Travis McDaniel of Corbin, attempted to avoid the collision, swerving onto the right shoulder, but was hit by the Grand Am, which then veered off the roadway. The Trailblazer was partially blocking the eastbound lane when it stopped, although pieces of the two vehicles littered the roadway.
The Grand Am sustained major damages, with the rear of the car completely smashed into the front seats. McDaniel was taken by private vehicle to Saint Joseph London for possible injuries.
The accident is being investigated by Laurel County Sheriff’s Lt. Chuck Johnson, assisted by Deputy Josh Scott. Assisting at the scene of the crash were Senior Sgt. Greg Poynter, Deputy James Sizemore, Deputy John Inman, Deputy Gilbert Acciardo, and Bailiff Cody Faulconer from the Laurel Sheriff’s Office. Also assisting were members of the London-Laurel County Rescue Squad, Laurel County Volunteer Fire Department, Ambulance Inc. of Laurel County, Laurel County Emergency Management, and Laurel County Division of Public Safety.