A woman died Thursday morning from injuries sustained in a two-vehicle crash on Hal Rogers Parkway around 7:30 a.m.
The name of the victim was not available at press time, pending notification of family members, but officers with the London Police Department did say there was only one person in each vehicle. Both people were transported to Saint Joseph London by Ambulance Inc. of Laurel County, where the driver of a Toyota Camry was pronounced dead by hospital personnel just before 9 a.m.
Although the cause of the accident had not been determined at press time Thursday morning, officers said the black Toyota was traveling east on Hal Rogers Parkway just past the overpass of Slate Lick Road when it crossed the centerline and hit head-on with a white Acura MDX that was traveling westbound. Both vehicles came to rest in the westbound lane of the parkway. The impact caused both the front and side airbags of the Toyota to deploy.
Traffic along the parkway was blocked from North Laurel High School to Ky. 638 (McWhorter Road) and motorists were re-routed along Tobacco Road and McWhorter Road while the debris was cleared from the roadway. That section of the parkway was re-opened around 9:30 a.m.
This is the 11th traffic fatality in the county this year, which is up from the 2015 total of seven deaths in motor vehicle crashes.
Detective Richard Dalrymple, an accident reconstructionist with the Laurel County Sheriff’s Office, is leading the investigation. Also assisting at the scene were London Police Sgt. Daniel Robinson, Sgt. Travis Dotson, Sgt. Darrell Kilburn, Sgt. Mike Holliday, Det. Gary Proffitt and safety officer Rick Cochrane.