Wednesday, July 18, 2001

10 injured in head-on collision

By Stephenie Steitzer and Ray Schaefer
Enquirer Contributors

        UNION — Ten people, including two young children and a 3-month-old infant, were injured — most of them critically — Tuesday when the driver of a car apparently tried to pass a tractor-trailer on U.S. 42 and hit an oncoming minivan head-on.

        The accident happened in a no-passing zone of U.S. 42 near Hicks Pike.

        Three of the victims were flown to hospitals, and seven others were taken to other hospitals by ambulances from Florence, Union and Burlington.

[photo] Deputy Sheriffs Jim Hill (left) and Steven Collinsworth talk near the wreckage of a Pontiac Grand Am and Plymouth Colt Vista. Ten people were injured in the crash.
(Patrick Reddy photo)
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        The car was driven by 21-year-old Jimmy D. Good of Florence who was in fair condition at the University of Kentucky Medical Center, Lexington, where he was flown by helicopter.

        Passengers in his car, all listed in critical condition Tuesday night unless noted otherwise:

        • Sara R. Miller, 21, taken to University Hospital by helicopter.

        • Cinnamon Alford, 18, taken to University Hospital by ambulance, was in serious condition.

        • Jeremy Alford, 21, taken by ambulance to University Hospital.

        • Savannah Alford, 3 months, taken by ambulance to Children's Hospital.

        Occupants of the minivan, all listed in critical but stable condition Tuesday night, unless noted otherwise:

        • Fanny Colin, 32, driver of the car, taken to University Hospital by ambulance, where she was in stable condition.

        • Jamie Gonzalez, no age available, taken by ambulance to University Hospital.

        • Jesus Colin, 5, taken by ambulance to Children's.

        • Fanny Colin, 4, taken by helicopter to Children's.

        • Ricardo Colin, 14, taken by ambulance to Children's.

        Boone County Sheriff's Lt. Jack Banks said at least one person was unresponsive at the scene.

        Lt. Banks said a 1986 Pontiac Grand Am was going between 50 and 60 mph westbound on U.S. 42 when the driver tried to pass in the 55 mph no-passing zone. He said the vehicle collided with a 1992 Plymouth Colt Vista.

        Lt. Banks said the tractor-trailer did not stop after the collision and is not being pursued by police.

        Lt. Banks said four people in the Pontiac were not wearing seat belts. It was not known whether the other Pontiac passenger, the infant, was in a car seat.

        All the passengers in the van appeared to be using restraints. Rescue crews worked for an hour to remove the victims.


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