A two-vehicle crash sent four Lincoln County residents to hospitals in Danville and Lexington on Monday in the hours just before a winter storm hit the area. Shoppers were out in Danville readying for the storm and Christmas shopping just after dark. There is no indication that the cold rain that had just begun contributed to the accident.
Frankie Thompson, 12, was airlifted to the University of Kentucky Chandler Medical Center in Lexington where her condition remained unknown at press time.
The collision occurred at 5:54 p.m. about 30 yards south of the intersection of U.S. 127 and Cassady Connector Avenue, near Popplewell Lane, according to Danville Assistant Police Chief Tony Gray. Traffic flow was not restored until about 7:40 p.m.
Police said a white 1994 Jeep Cherokee driven by Justin Hager, 18, of Stanford was traveling north on U.S. 127, passing vehicles by moving into the center lane. He reportedly drifted into the southbound lane and into oncoming traffic.