LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. —
A Laurel County man is dead and another was critically injured after a two vehicle accident occured Monday morning on Ky. 30 four miles east of London.
According to witnesses, the accident occured after a black 2008 Cheverlot Silverado, driven by Justin Wibbles, of Gray Hawk in Jackson County, was traveling west on Ky. 30 and merged in the eastbound lane to pass several vehicles. When the driver met oncoming traffic, he jerked the vehicle over into the eastbound emergency lane, while still traveling westbound.
At that point, a white 2000 Dodge Windstream van, driven by Jerry W. Thompson, of East Bernstadt, merged into the emergency lane in what police believe was an attempt to avoid a collision. Thompson’s vehicle was struck head on by the Silverado.
According to police, Thompson had to be extricated from the van and was pronounced dead at the scene by Laurel County Coroner Doug Bowling. Wibbles, the driver of the Silverado, was airlifted to the University of Kentucky Medical Center where he remains in critical condition.
Scott Morris, a spokesman for Windstream, said that Thompson, a customer service technician for Windstream, was working during the time of the accident. Thompson had been a Windstream employee for more than 17 years.
“We would like to extend our thoughts and prayers to Mr. Thompson’s family,” Morris said. “He was a hard worker and took really good care of our customers. This is a big loss for Windstream and our community. He will be truly missed.”
Funeral arrangements for Jerry W. Thompson were incomplete at press time but will be announced later by Bowling Funeral Home.