September 17, 2013

Head-on crash on U.S. 25 near Fariston

One dead, four injured

By Carol Mills
Staff Writer

LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. — One women is dead and four others were injured in a two-car, head-on crash on south U.S. 25 near the Fariston tunnel Wednesday evening.

Nora Penix, 47, of London, who was driving a red Ford Focus, was taken to Saint Joseph London with critical injuries and died a short time later. The driver of a blue Chevy Cobalt, Holbert Collier, 68, of London was taken to Saint Joseph London. Three passengers in the Cobalt, Gene Collier, 70, of London; Sandra Thompson, 45, of London; and a 2-year-old female were airlifted to the University of Kentucky Medical Center with serious injuries.

Laurel County Sheriff John Root said Sheriff’s Lt. Chuck Johnson along with Sgt. Richard Dalryple are reconstructing the fatal traffic crash which occurred about six miles south of London shortly after 6 p.m.

According to investigating deputies, Penix was northbound on U.S. 25 when a vehicle in front of her stopped abruptly to turn left onto Fariston Road. Penix swerved to the left to avoid a collision and hit Holbert Collier head on who was traveling southbound.

Pam Chadwell, Holbert Collier’s niece, said he “has a broken arm, ribs and leg,” and was about to undergo surgery as of Thursday morning.  Gene Collier, who is Holbert’s brother, is in critical condition. According to Chadwell, he has a rod in one of his legs, both hips are broken and he has bleeding on the brain.

No information was available on the condition of Sandra Thompson or the 2-year-old child.

Funeral services for Penix will be held at noon Saturday at Bowling Funeral Home. Visitation will be after 5 p.m. Friday (today).

Assisting at the scene were Sheriff’s Senior Sgt. Greg Poynter, Deputy Larry Parrott, and Deputy Kevin Berry, Ambulance Inc. of Laurel County, London-Laurel Rescue Squad, E.M.S., and Lily Volunteer Fire Department.