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Crash injuries twice as high as last December

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By Tracy Harris

Car crash injuries are double that of last December despite a lack of snow and ice, according to statistics compiled from law enforcement agency reports. 

Sixteen have been injured in Oldham County wrecks since Dec. 1, including several this week.

Six were injured in a crash on Abbott Lane Dec. 9 when two cars collided head-on around 6 p.m.

Oldham County EMS transported two juvenile patients to Kosair Children’s Hospital Brownsboro and additional patients to Baptist Hospital Northeast and University Hospital.

None of the injuries were life-threatening.

On Dec. 6, a woman was airlifted to University Hospital in Louisville after a crash with a tractor-trailer.

Emergency crews from La Grange Fire and Rescue, Ballardsville Fire, South Oldham Fire and Rescue and Oldham County EMS worked to rescue Betty Moore, 68, who was trapped inside her vehicle beneath the tractor-trailer.

The crash occurred around 6:18 a.m. when the tractor-trailer crossed railroad tracks parallel to Ky. 146 and was turning onto Ky. 146.  It departed from a lumber yard on the opposite side of the railroad tracks. The driver was not injured.

Other crashes since Dec. 6 include:

• 5:30 p.m. Dec. 7, Ky. 146 near Camden Station Elementary. Three injured in a three-car, rear-end crash.

• 10:20 p.m. Dec. 7, I-71 south near mile marker 22. One injured when a car ran off the road.

• 2 a.m. Dec. 8, Abbott Lane between Ky. 22 and Wendy Hills Drive. One injured when a car ran off the road.

• 11 a.m. Dec. 8, Main and Oak streets. One injury.

A woman remains at University Hospital after a crash on Goshen Lane Nov. 30.

Jennifer Kalogera, of Goshen, is in serious but stable condition after her car crossed into the opposite lane and struck an oncoming vehicle around 6 p.m.

Two people from the other vehicle were also transported to the hospital but were later released.

Neighbors say it is an example of how narrow and dangerous Goshen Lane and want officials to widen the roadway.

But police say the biggest problem is speeders on Goshen Lane, which has a 25 mph speed limit.

While most of the injuries have been minor, police did respond to a fatal crash Nov. 20.

A man in his 30s struck a tree alongside the driveway at his parents’ house on Buckeye Trace in Goshen. Speed is believed to have been a factor.

Officials caution residents to drive defensively, carefully and without distractions, especially as the chance of inclement weather increases.