LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. — Traffic was blocked in both northbound and southbound lanes of Ky. 30 on Monday afternoon while emergency workers responded to a three-vehicle crash that sent one person to a Lexington hospital for possible serious injuries.
A medical helicopter landed in the middle of the roadway at the intersection of Ky. 1227 and Ky. 30 to transport one of the victims for further medical treatment, while debris from the crash littered the roadway.
The accident occurred just before 1 p.m., four miles north of London, when a white Chevrolet Suburban pulled out from Ky. 1227 and into the path of a Honda Accord, driven by 24-year-old Timothy Hampton of London. The Suburban, driven by 41-year-old James Scalf of London, then traveled across the intersection and hit a blue Chevrolet Cobalt that was headed north.
Rescue personnel worked frantically to remove 47-year-old Tracy Flannery of McKee from the Cobalt, whose front end was smashed in from the impact of the head-on crash, by removing the driver’s side door and cutting the roof of the vehicle for access inside. Their diligent efforts paid off and Flannery was taken to the waiting medical helicopter and flown to the University of Kentucky Medical Center in Lexington for possible serious injuries.
Scalf, the driver of the white Suburban, was transported to Saint Joseph London for injuries, as was Hampton, the driver of the Honda Accord, who was placed in a neck brace by paramedics at the scene.
Laurel County Sheriff‘s deputies stayed on the scene for a reconstruction of the accident, spraying paint by the stopping point of the vehicles to determine the sequence of events leading to the impact with all vehicles involved.
Deputy John Inman is continuing the investigation, with Lt. Chuck Johnson conducting the accident reconstruction. Other sheriff’s personnel responding to the scene were Deputies Shane Rice, Brandon Broughton and Gilbert Acciardo. Also assisting at the scene were Ambulance Inc. of Laurel County and volunteer members of the London-Laurel Rescue Squad and East Bernstadt Volunteer Fire Department.