By Jeff Noble / Staff Writer
“I heard them hit. It was raining and the road was slick. …There wasn’t much they could do for him.”
That comment came from a resident along Ky. 192 west of London on Monday, almost two hours after he was one of the first at the scene of a two-vehicle collision — a collision that took the life of a Laurel Countian, and sent a Corbin man to the hospital.
Dwight Allen, 63 of London, died from injuries in the crash, which occurred around 11 a.m. He was pronounced dead at the scene by Laurel County Coroner Doug Bowling.
Also involved in the collision was the driver of a Chevrolet Trailblazer, Travis McDaniel, 32, of Corbin. He was taken by a private vehicle to Saint Joseph London hospital with possible injuries.
It had been raining in the area at the time of the collision, which contributed to the slippery conditions on the two-lane highway that’s known to some in the neighborhood as the West Laurel Road.
One resident said the crash scene was about two miles west of the road’s interchange — Exit 38 of I-75 — where Route 192 becomes four lanes going east to the Hal Rogers Parkway.
According to the Laurel County Sheriff’s Office, Allen was driving a white late-model Pontiac Grand Am, going westbound on Ky. 192, when he lost control on the rain-slick road, slid around and struck the eastbound Chevy Trailblazer, driven by McDaniel.
Authorities said the Trailblazer tried to avoid the car by steering to the right, but was still struck by the Pontiac.
Allen’s car then slid off the roadway to a rest position in the grass. The Trailblazer came to rest a few feet away from the Grand Am, partially blocking the eastbound lane of Ky. 192.
“The guy driving the Pontiac came down here on the wet road, and lost control some 300 feet before they made impact. … They’ve had a lot of wrecks out here on this road,” said the neighbor who asked not to be identified.
Lt. Chuck Johnson and Deputy Josh Scott of the Laurel County Sheriff’s Office investigated the wreck, and were assisted by Sgt. Greg Poynter, Deputies James Sizemore and John Inman, and Bailiff Cody Faulconer.
Also at the scene were the London-Laurel County Rescue Squad, the Laurel County Fire Department, Ambulance Inc. of Laurel County, Laurel County Emergency Management and Laurel County Public Safety.
The investigation into the collision is continuing.
Ky. 192 scene of two-vehicle wreck
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