, Corbin, KY

September 12, 2013

Corbin crash sends 1 to hospital


CORBIN — By John L. Ross / Staff Writer

A three-car crash on Cumberland Falls Highway Wednesday sent one man to the hospital.

The crash happened about 4 p.m. near Oak Grove Elementary School.

David Tye, 25, of Corbin, was driving a 1995 Ford F-150 on U.S. 25W toward Corbin Wednesday.

“I was on the way to work,” he said. “And then a bunch of CDs fell off the seat — I went to grab them up.”

Seconds later, the crash came.

“I sat back up, and the vehicle in front of me just stopped,” Tye said. “And I just hit the brakes.”

Tye’s truck rear-ended a 1998 Chevrolet Sierra truck driven by 58-year-old Hairm Smith, who resides close to the crash scene. His truck then crashed into a Ford Explorer driven by Corbin Police Detective Lt. Rusty Hedrick — Hedrick was uninjured and the Ford suffered minor damage.

Smith was injured in the crash and transported by Whitley EMS to Baptist Health Corbin. His condition was not known at press time.

According to Whitley County Sheriff’s Deputy Brian Lawson, all three drivers were heading north on Cumberland Falls Highway toward Corbin — Hedrick, followed by Smith, with Tye at the end.

Lawson, who leads the investigation into the crash, said no charges will likely be filed.

“But it should be noted that the contributing factor in this crash was inattention,” he said.

The crash happened after the school zone was over, but blocked the road in both directions for nearly an hour.