, Corbin, KY

March 8, 2013

Six sent to hospital following separate Hwy. 312 wrecks

The Times-Tribune

CORBIN — By John L. Ross

Staff Writer

Six people were transported to Baptist Health Corbin Thursday morning after two separate crashes on the Hwy. 312 bridge.

Kentucky State Trooper First Class Don Trosper said KSP Post 11 first got the call about 7:15 a.m. about a two-vehicle crash on the bridge near the Laurel and Whitley county line.

According to Trooper Ryan Loudermilk, Crystal Stidham, 34, of Corbin, was traveling eastbound on KY 312 driving her three children in a 2005 GMC Yukon when it went out of control on the ice-covered bridge.

The Yukon crossed the center line, crashing into a 2005 Toyota Camry, driven by 39-year-old Jonathan Patterson, of Corbin.

Stidham, a Corbin Primary School kindergarten teacher, and her three children, Halia Stidham, 12, Kaila Stidham, 9, and Alana Stidham, were injured in the crash.

Patterson, traveling alone, was also injured.

And then the ice struck again.

Trosper said while troopers and emergency workers were working that crash, a 1995 Dodge Ram truck driven by 25-year-old Billy McKeehan, of Corbin, went out of control on the ice, slamming into Stidham’s Yukon.

According to Trosper, Stidham and her daughters had already been taken from the scene. McKeehan, traveling alone, was injured in the crash.

Loudermilk led the investigation of the first crash. KSP Trooper David Lassiter investigated the second crash.

No drugs or alcohol are suspected in either crash.

Trosper said they were assisted at the scenes by Whitley EMS and local fire departments.

Crystal Stidham, Halia Stidham and Kaila Stidham were all treated and released, according to a spokesperson for Baptist Health. Alana Stidham was admitted to the pediatric unit and is in stable condition.

No record was listed for McKeehan at Baptist Health.

Patterson was transferred to the University of Kentucky Medical Center in Lexington for treatment. A called was placed to determine Patterson's condition, but it was not returned by press time.