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First fatal accident on new road occurs Monday

September 02, 2003|BRENDA S. EDWARDS

STANFORD - A 19-year-old Crab Orchard man died and two others were injured Monday in a two-vehicle crash on U.S. 150, 5.9 miles east of Stanford near the Cedar Creek Lake, state police said.

This was the first fatality on the new stretch of U.S. 150 between Crab Orchard and Stanford.

Ferand W. Dillingham was pronounced dead at 6 a.m. at the scene by Lincoln County Coroner Bill Demrow. Deputy Coroner Farris Marcum said an autopsy showed that Dillingham died of internal injuries.

James E. Brooks, 41, and his passenger, Robin D. Brooks, both of Harrodsburg, suffered multiple injuries, according to Trooper Clyde Bertram.

The two in the Brooks vehicle were taken by Stanford Emergency Medical Service to Fort Logan Hospital for treatment. Robin Brooks was airlifted to the University of Kentucky Chandler Medical Center.

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Bertram reported that Dillingham was driving east on U.S. 150 when he lost control of his 1998 Eagle Talon, skidded across the center line and struck the Brooks vehicle which was headed west. Bertram said speed was a contributing factor in the accident.

No seat belts were in use.

The collision closed U.S. 150 for about two hours. Assisting at the scene were the Stanford and East End ambulance services and Crab Orchard and Lincoln County District 1 fire departments.

Deputy Coroner Marcum said Dillingham was reportedly enroute home from Wal-Mart SuperCenter in Danville where he picked up supplies. The road was wet and the tires on the car were slick.

Funeral arrangements for Dillingham are being handled by McKnight Funeral Home in Crab Orchard.

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