TFC Billy Gregory
Public Affairs Officer
Kentucky State Police
Post 15, Columbia
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Russell County Injury Collison on KY 80
Date of News Release: 05/27/2012
(RUSSELL, KY) – Tpr. Logan Richardson is investigating a collision that occurred today at approximately 10:25 AM CST 2 miles east of Russell Springs on KY 0080. 71-year-old Lois Norfleet of Russell Springs was operating a 2004 4-Dr Toyota when she attempted to cross KY 0080 into a church parking lot from KY 0910. Norfleet pulled into the path of a westbound 1997 Dodge pickup operated by 19-year-old Haiden Cain of Russell Springs. The pickup struck the Toyota and then continued traveling west and struck a 2003 Ford operated by 37-year-old Christopher Yates of Glasgow. Yates had been traveling east on KY 0080 and was making a right turn onto KY 0910 when hit.
All three vehicle operators were wearing seatbelts. All other passengers were from Glasgow and in the Yates vehicle. 32-year-old Leslie Yates was belted and did not receive medical attention. 16-year-old Jacob Yates, 16-year-old Braxton Browning and 6-year-old Ethan Birge were belted, treated and released from Russell County Hospital. 8-year-old Hannah Yates, 12-year-old Ryan Yates, 6-year-old Elliott Birge were all belted and flown to UK Medical Center. 12-year-old Kinley Browning was belted and pronounced deceased at the scene by the Russell County Coroner. Drugs and Alcohol are not suspected to be a contributing factor at this time.