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Three injured in head-on crash on US 31E

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By Randy Patrick

Three adults were seriously injured Monday afternoon when a car and a pickup truck collided head on near the Wolf Creek Bridge on Louisville Road just north of Ky. 509.

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A medical helicopter flew the driver of the truck, Michael Collins, 40, to University of Louisville Hospital, and the driver of the car, Lola Roy, was taken to U of L by ambulance. Another ambulance took Lauren Miller, 32, of Shepherdsville, who was a passenger in the pickup, to U of L.

Lt. Jason Allison of the Nelson County Sheriff’s Office said Collins had a heartbeat and was breathing, but “he never regained consciousness” before the helicopter lifted off. The helicopter had to land in the roadway among the emergency vehicles.

In a press release Tuesday, Collins was still listed in critical condition.

His passenger was seriously injured but walked away from the vehicle, Allison said.

Dispatch got the call just before 4 p.m. Police said Collins was driving his 1992 Mazda pickup truck southbound when it drifted into the northbound lane and struck Roy’s 1998 Jaguar. Both Collins and Roy were entrapped and had to be extricated by mechanical means.

There was heavy damage to both vehicles, and tools from the truck’s toolbox was scattered a long distance.

Allison said Tuesday morning that Collins was operating on a suspended license and the vehicle appeared to be unregistered and uninsured. Criminal charges may be pending, the Sheriff’s Office said in a release.

Late Tuesday afternoon, Allison said Roy's condition had improved to stable.

She was not in any way at fault in the accident, he said. (Because of an error in a press release sent by the Sheriff's Office, an earlier version of this story incorrectly reported that she had been driving on a suspended license when it was actually Collins who was.)

"She was just in the wrong place at the wrong time," he added.

Agencies that responded included the Bardstown Fire Department, Nelson County Fire and Rescue, Nelson County EMS and the Sheriff’s Office.