Two Impaled In Mercer County Crash

HARRODSBURG, KY -- A crash in Mercer County caused two people to be impaled by a fence and is expected to lead to criminal charges for the driver, reports the Lexington Herald-Leader in its Saturday edition.

Around 8 p.m. Thursday, 18 year-old Samuel Oates of Lawrenceburg was driving south on Curry Pike in Harrodsburg when he lost control of the 1998 Chrysler Concorde.

Two passengers, 17-year-old Elizabeth Burke and 21-year-old Lou Anne Shearer, both of Harrodsburg, were thrown from the vehicle, authorities said in a statement, reports the Herald-Leader.

The two were thrown around 20 feet down a fence row and were impaled multiple times, police said. The vehicle, with Oates inside, rolled three or four times. He sustained serious injuries, reports the newspaper.

Mercer County police said Oates was driving on a suspended license, and he will be charged in criminal court. A pet dog in the car was also seriously injured.

The three people were taken to James B. Haggin Memorial Hospital in Harrodsburg. Oates and Shearer were later transported to University of Kentucky Hospital in Lexington, where they are both in serious condition, a spokeswoman said Friday night. Burke's location and condition is unknown, reports the Lexington Herald-Leader.

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