Driver faces long recovery after crash

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Deputy sheriff says vehicle left road at high speed

By Linda Ireland

A Hodgenville man narrowly escaped a debilitating injury following a single-vehicle crash that occurred Jan. 20.

About 5:30 p.m., a 1993 Ford Probe driven by Jason S. Hatcher, 24, was northbound on U.S. 31E just outside Hodgenville city limits. The vehicle was traveling at a high rate of speed, according to LaRue County Deputy Matt Darst. It left the roadway, crossed the center line and struck a curve sign and utility pole on the other side of the roadway. It traveled about 180 feet before overturning and coming to rest on its top near the intersection with Forest Hill.

Hatcher, who was not wearing a seatbelt, suffered a fractured neck and concussion, according to Darst. He was transported to Hardin Memorial Hospital by LaRue County EMS and later transferred to University Hospital in Louisville. On Monday, a family member said Hatcher was released from the hospital and would be seeing a neurosurgeon.

Air ambulances were contacted to transport Hatcher from the scene but were unable to fly due to weather conditions.

It had been raining and was foggy that evening, but Darst said speed was the contributing factor in the crash. The crash remains under investigation.

“At that speed, he couldn’t keep it on the road,” he said.

Hatcher was extricated from the vehicle by volunteer firefighters. His passenger, Andrew Marcum, suffered minor injuries and was taken to HMH by private vehicle, Darst said. Marcum was treated and released.

Area residents lost landline telephone and cable service for several hours due to the damage to the utility pole. Firefighters said the pole was “broke in half.”

The roadway was closed about three hours as workers cleared the scene of debris and waited for utility companies to arrive.

Hodgenville City Police and LaRue, Hodgenville and Buffalo fire departments assisted with traffic control.