TheTimesTribune.com, Corbin, KY

November 29, 2013

Woman dies after I-75 crash

Alcohol suspected factor in two-car wreck


The Times-Tribune

CORBIN — CORRECTION - published Dec. 4, 2013

Due to incorrect information given to The Times-Tribune, a story that appeared on Page 1 of the Friday, Nov. 29, edition contained an error.

The actual fire department which responded to the scene of the crash was the Emlyn Volunteer Fire and Rescue Department.

According to Chief Matt Witt, 11 members of his department were at the scene of the late-night crash Nov. 26, which killed one woman and injured four others.

He added that the Williamsburg Fire Department and South Whitley Volunteer Fire Department assisted in blocking the southbound lanes of I-75 and redirecting traffic down Exit 11, onto U.S. 25W toward Jellico, Tenn.

We regret any confusion this erroneous information caused.

By John L. Ross / Staff Writer

Alcohol is believed to be one factor that caused a two-car crash which killed one woman and injured four others Tuesday in southern Whitley County, according to the Kentucky State Police.

According to Trooper Lloyd Cochran, public affairs officer with KSP Post 11, Ginny C. West, 51, of Breaux Bridge, La., was killed when she drove her 2005 Toyota Rav 4 north on the southbound lanes of I-75.

The crash was approximately at the 7 mile marker.

While driving the wrong way on I-75, Cochran said West slammed head-on into a 2012 Lexus GX4, driven by Chien V. Nguyen, 45, of Morehead.

Nguyen had three passengers in his Lexus, according to Cochran, and all four of them were wearing seat belts.

West was also wearing her seat belt.

Whitley County Coroner Andy Croley pronounced West dead at the scene. He said the cause of her death was internal injuries sustained during the crash, and is assisting in the investigation.

KSP Trooper Clyde Dingess leads the investigation, Cochran said.

Nguyen and his passengers were transported to Baptist Health Corbin for treatment of their injuries. Their conditions were not known at press time.

Dingess was assisted at the scene by KSP Sgt. Steve Smallwood, troopers Les Moses and Justin Oliver, and members of the Williamsburg Police Department, the Whitley County Sheriff’s Office, the Goldbug Volunteer Fire and Rescue Department, Pleasant View Volunteer Fire Department, Whitley County EMS and the Campbell County, Tenn. EMS.

The southbound lanes of I-75 were at a standstill at the crash site — traffic was stopped there for hours while investigators worked the scene. Traffic was quickly rerouted off Exit 11, and detoured vehicles rode in tandem down U.S. 25W into Jellico, Tenn.