TPR Lloyd Cochran
Public Affairs Officer
Kentucky State Police
Post 11, London
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One killed in a two vehicle collision in Clay County
Date of News Release: 11/16/11
(LONDON, KY.) –- On Wednesday, November 16, 2011 at approximately 9:47 AM, the Kentucky State Police, Post 11 London, received a report of a two (2) vehicle traffic crash, with injury, at the intersection of KY 149 and US 421 south in the Lockards Creek Community of Clay County.
Upon arrival Trooper Josh Wilson determined that a maroon, 1988, Oldsmobile, Cutlass, passenger car, operated by John R. Russell, 24, of Lockards Creek was turning southbound onto US 421 from KY 149 when it entered the path of a northbound, black, 2004, Jaguar, X-type, passenger car, operated by Betty Bailey, 58, of Big Creek.
Mr. Russell, who was not wearing a seatbelt, was fatally injured in the collision and pronounced dead at the scene by the Clay County Coroner Danny Finley.
Ms. Bailey, who was wearing a seatbelt, was transported to the Manchester Memorial Hospital, by EMS, for treatment of minor injuries.
Alcohol and/or drug usage is suspected by Russell.
Trooper Wilson is in charge of the investigation and was assisted by the Clay County Sheriff's Department, Manchester Police Department, Clay County EMS, the Lockards Creek Fire Department and the Clay County Coroner's Office.