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June 17, 2014

Man dies in KY30 crash

Another person airlifted to hospital following Monday wreck

CORBIN — By Kristina Smith / Staff Writer

One man was killed and another was airlifted to the University of Kentucky Medical Center following a crash that halted traffic on KY-30 in Laurel County Monday.

Laurel County Sheriff’s Detective Josh Scott said a black Chevy Silverado was traveling west toward London when it collided head-on with a Windstream Communications van.

Tim Berry, of Jackson County, said that he too was driving along KY-30 toward London when he saw the truck drive into the opposite lane to speed past vehicles in front of it.

According to Berry, that is when the truck collided with the van driving in the eastbound lane. The truck came to a stop on the side of the road and the van rolled off the roadway.

Berry stopped his vehicle and pulled the truck driver, Justin Wibbles, of Greyhawk, to safety. He was unable to locate the driver of the van in the wreckage.

Wibbles was airlifted to UK Medical Center where he remains in critical condition. The driver of the van, Jerry Thompson, 61, of East Bernstadt, had to be cut from the vehicle and was pronounced dead at the scene by Laurel County Coroner Doug Bowling.  Bowling said Thompson died due to injuries sustained in the wreck and that no autopsy will be performed.

The Laurel County Sheriff’s Department continues to investigate the crash along with Officer Jerry Jones of the Kentucky State Police Collision Analysis Branch. The Sheriff’s Department accident reconstructionist, Lt. Chuck Johnson, responded to the scene.

Assisting at the scene were deputies John Inman and Shane Rice, Ambulance Inc. of Laurel County, the London-Laurel Rescue Squad and the McWhorter Fire Department.

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