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Slick roads lead to two crashes

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Three women reported in serious condition

By Linda Ireland

The inch-or-so of snow that fell in LaRue County Saturday afternoon and covered roadways may have contributed to a pair of vehicle crashes that occurred minutes apart.

The first occurred about 5:50 p.m. near the intersection of Ky. 357 and Airline Road, according to Kentucky State Police Trooper Jonathan Vaughn.

Jennifer Nichols, 32, of Hodgenville, was driving a 1998 Chevrolet Lumina south on Ky. 357 when it dropped off the right shoulder. Nichols overcorrected and the car crossed the centerline and struck a northbound Chevrolet Camaro driven by Laura J. Stinson, 31, of Horse Cave, head-on.

Both drivers were trapped inside their vehicles and had to be extricated by LaRue County and Magnolia firefighters. LaRue County EMS, Hardin County EMS and LifeNet Air Ambulance responded to the scene.

Both Nichols and Stinson were taken to University Hospital in Louisville.

Tuesday morning, both women were listed in serious but stable condition. Stinson’s condition was upgraded from critical on Monday.

Neville Thompson, 39, of Raywick, a passenger in Nichols’ car, suffered minor injuries. He was treated at Hardin Memorial Hospital.

According to KSP, Nichols was charged with driving under the influence, and both she and Thompson were charged with possession of marijuana.

The second crash occurred at 5:55 p.m. just outside Hodgenville city limits.

Kelly Clark, 26, was driving north on U.S. 31E, when she lost control of her vehicle on the snow-covered road, according to Vaughn.

The car spun, crossed the centerline and left the roadway on the left shoulder. The car struck a tree on the passenger side.

She had to be extricated from her vehicle by the LaRue County Fire Department. She was transported to Hardin Memorial Hospital by LaRue County EMS, then airlifted to University of Louisville Hospital by LifeNet.

Tuesday morning, Clark was listed in serious but stable condition. Her condition was upgraded from critical on Monday.

Constable Tim Ford also responded to the scene.