CORRECTION - PUBLISHED JAN. 18, 2013 - Due to a reporter error, a suspect arrested after a car crash was incorrectly identified in a story. Terry W. Bliger, 44, of Tampa, Fla., was the man arrested after a single-vehicle crash on Springcut Road in Laurel County. Bliger faces charges of possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of marijuana, prescription controlled substance not in its proper container, first offense and third-degree trafficking in a controlled substance, first offense.
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By John L. Ross / Staff Writer
Two separate single-vehicle crashes sent one man to the hospital and another man to jail.
The first crash happened in Knox County.
Matthew Scott, 37, of Gray, was traveling from his home on Hazel Fork Road when he slid into a tree.
He was driving a GMC Jimmy 4X4 and hauling a trailer when the crash happened.
Knox County Sheriff’s Deputy Chad Walker said he was “not sure” if speed played a factor in the crash.
When emergency crews arrived, Scott was unconscious, Walker said. West Knox Fire and Rescue Department personnel extracted Scott from the vehicle. He was then taken by Knox County EMS to the hospital, and airlifted to the University of Kentucky Medical Center in Lexington.
At press time, Scott was listed in fair condition.
The second crash was in Laurel County, and it led to an arrest.
According to Laurel County Sheriff John Root, the single-vehicle crash was on KY 1223 East, known as Springcut Road, near Wells Drive between London and Corbin.
Senior Sgt. Greg Poynter and deputies Robbie Grimes and Greg Turner were at the scene. They say Terry W. Bliger, 44, of Tampa, Fla., was driving his Chevrolet Monte Carlo eastbound on Springcut Road when he lost control and ran off the roadway.
He then hit a culvert, overturning the car into a ditch.
The Monte Carlo then erupted into flames.
Bliger escaped the vehicle with minor injuries, according to Root, and was treated at Saint Joseph London.
Root said Bliger was in town visiting relatives. When deputies continued their investigation, they uncovered several different types of pills in the car. Detective Jason Back was called in to further investigate the pills, and he charged Scott on several offenses. Root said he found a bag of marijuana, a marijuana pipe, and Xanax and Zanaflex pills.
According to Root, Scott said he got the pills “from a friend” and that he also received oxycodone pills through a Florida pain clinic.
Also seized from the car was a large amount of U.S. currency.
Scott now faces charges of possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of marijuana, prescription controlled substances not in their proper container, first offense, and third-degree trafficking in a controlled substance, first offense.
After treatment at the hospital, Scott was jailed in the Laurel County Correctional Center.
Assisting at the scene were members of the Lily Volunteer Fire Department, the London-Laurel Rescue Squad and Ambulance, Inc. of Laurel County.