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A Lyons Station man remains in critical condition at University Hospital in Louisville following a single vehicle crash Oct. 31.
According to 911 records, a caller notified dispatch at 6:47 p.m. that lightning had struck a tree, causing it to fall across Lyons Station Road. A storm with strong winds and rain had entered the area.
A Kia driven by Matthew “Reece” O’Bryan, 18, struck the tree just after 7 p.m., according to LaRue County Sheriff Merle Edlin.
A limb entered the driver’s compartment and a 2-inch piece of wood impaled O’Bryan’s eye, said Edlin.
LaRue County EMS transported the teen to Hardin Memorial Hospital. He was later taken to the Louisville hospital. A medical helicopter could not be used for transport due to the weather.
Wet roads likely contributed to the crash, said Edlin.
Deputies Eric Williamson and Doug Sherrard, Nelson County EMS, Rolling Fork Fire Department and the State Highway Department also were dispatched to the scene.
A friend of the O’Bryan family said the teen had a 12-hour surgery Saturday to remove the branch from his eye. It was a complicated ordeal as the limb was near a main artery.
The teen continues to be monitored for infection.