By John L. Ross / Staff Writer
Four people were sent to Baptist Health Corbin after a two-vehicle crash in Gray Tuesday afternoon.
The crash was at the intersection of U.S. 25E and KY-233 — both lanes of the northbound side of U.S. 25E were completely blocked, while most of the two southbound lanes were blocked.
According to Knox County Sheriff’s deputies Tommy Houston and Brian Hensley, Israel J. Rivera, 34, was driving northbound in a white, four-door Chevrolet Cavalier with Mississippi plates.
The second vehicle, a blue, four-door Toyota Corolla, was driven by Freida Hensley, 47, of Gray. Hensley had two passengers in her vehicle, Deputy Hensley said.
Riding in the Toyota was Jimmie Lewis, 28, and a 12-year-old juvenile passenger.
Deputy Hensley said that Freida Hensley was driving from KY-233 south, across U.S. 25E to KY-233 north.
But she never made it, and drove into the path of Rivera’s Chevrolet.
“He had nowhere to go,” Deputy Hensley said. “She drove into oncoming traffic.”
Rivera’s vehicle ended up in the southbound passing lane with what was left of the front end sticking into the regular lane of travel.
All four crash victims were wearing seat belts, the deputy added, and the Toyota was equipped with airbags.
“No one in this crash was seriously injured because of those seat belts and airbags,” Deputy Hensley said.
Neither alcohol nor drugs are suspected in the crash, the deputy said, but the investigation does continue.
Besides the sheriff’s office, Knox County EMS crews were on hand, as were three units with the Kentucky State Police, and crew members with Knox County Fire and Rescue Department.
Fire Chief Darryl Baker said this was the second crash in less than a month at this intersection.
“This is the most dangerous intersection we have,” Baker said. “We average about one crash a month here.”