Patient airlifted from Balltown Road crash

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By Staff

Three people were injured, one of them seriously, in a head-on collision on Balltown Road near Paschal Ballard Road around 4:29 p.m. Monday.

Dustin Clark of New Haven had life-threatening injuries, said Nelson County Deputy Sheriff Jamie Ferrie, and had to be cut out of his car by firefighters using a hydraulic tool.

The car was also on fire, and the driver of the other wrecked vehicle used a fire extinguisher to keep the flames under control until deputies and firefighters arrived. Ferrie and Deputy Brandon Bryan then used fire extinguishers on the blaze and kept Clark from perishing in the fire until he could be rescued.

Clark was in critical but stable condition Tuesday morning.

Ferrie said Clark came over a hill into the path of a pickup truck and hit it head on. Ferrie doesn’t know why he was in the wrong lane because Clark wasn’t able to talk to the officers.

The two people in the truck were out of their vehicle and walking around when deputies got there and were not seriously injured.

Clark was airlifted to University of Louisville Hospital by helicopter.

Douglas Hamilton of Bardstown, 43, the operator of the pickup, and his passenger, Kathy Gokey, 49, of Bardstown, were taken by ambulance to Flaget Memorial Hospital. Deputies said their injuries appeared to be minor.

Bardstown, New Hope and Nelson County Fire and Rescue firefighters responded to the accident, along with Nelson County Sheriff’s deputies, Nelson County EMS and Air Methods.

Ritchie Lane crash

Moments before the accident on Balltown Road, at 4:13 pm., there was another injury accident nearby, at the intersection of Ritchie Lane and New Haven Road.

According to a press release from the Sheriff’s Office, Tawny Warren, 36, of Bardstown, was driving north on New Haven Road, or U.S. 31E, and turned onto Ritchie Lane into the path of an oncoming car driven by Teresa Muncy, 40, of Hodgenville. The two cars collided, injuring Warren, who was taken by ambulance to Flaget.

According to sheriff’s deputies, she appeared to have a serious head injury.

Lt. Kaelen Matthews investigated that accident.