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Traffic Crash with injury in Laurel County

Date of News Release: 12/15/11

(LONDON, KY.) - On Thursday, December 14, 2011 at approximately 7:48 PM, the Kentucky State Police, Post 11 London, received a report of a two vehicle traffic crash, with injury, on KY 80 east of London in Laurel County.

Upon arrival Trooper Mike King determined that a silver, 1992, Buick, passenger car, operated by Hughie S. Rogers, 49, of Manchester was traveling westbound on KY 80 when, according to Rogers, an animal ran into the roadway causing him to swerve into the oncoming lane and strike a maroon, Saturn, passenger car, operated by Ashley N. Smith, 33, of Manchester, head-on.

Hughie S. Rogers was transported from the scene to the Saint Joseph of London Hospital for treatment.

A passenger in the Rogers vehicle, Joanie B. Davis, 32, of Manchester was flown to the University of Kentucky Medical Center for treatment.

Ashley N. Smith and her passengers, Tim Smith, 33, and Brandon Smith, 12, all of Manchester were also flown to the University of Kentucky Medical Center for treatment.

Alcohol usage is not suspected but drug usage is suspected to be a contributing factor by both drivers.

Trooper King is in charge of the investigation and was assisted by Trooper Chris Roberts, the Laurel County EMS and the Bush Fire Department.

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