One Dead, One Hurt In Clay County Collision

MANCHESTER, KY -- Kentucky State Police are investigating a two vehicle wreck that caused one fatality and several injuries Friday shortly after 7 p.m. on KY 11 5 miles south of Manchester, in Clay County.

One driver was arrested. Police suspect alcohol may have been a factor in the crash.

Trooper Josh Wilson responded. His investigation found that a truck driven by 53-year old Russell Gray of Manchester was southbound on KY 11 when it crossed the centerline and struck a second truck head-on. The second truck was driven by 20 year old Eugene Scottie Henson of Manchester.

Henson and a juvenile passenger were airlifted to the University of Kentucky Medical Center in Lexington for treatment. The 17 year old female passenger was pronounced dead by the Fayette County Coroner at approximately 9:21 PM. Henson was listed in Critical Condition. Neither Henson nor his passenger were wearing seat belts at the time of the crash. No drug or alcohol involvement is suspected by Henson.

Gray, who was wearing his seat belt, was transported to Manchester Memorial Hospital for treatment of his injuries. Upon release Gray was arrested and charged with DUI 1ST, Murder, Assault 1ST, and other traffic related charges. Gray was lodged in the Clay County Detention Center.

The incident is still under investigation by Trooper Josh Wilson, who was assisted at the scene by the Clay County Sheriff’s Office, the Clay County EMS and the Lockhart’s Creek Fire Department.

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  • by Anonymous Location: london on Jan 27, 2008 at 04:25 PM
    i am so sorry for this girls family my heart goes out to them this child had her whole life in ahead of her and no dought mr gray had been at the vfw or somewhere had a few and was going home and had no intenison of doing this but this shows you when you drink you do not make good decisons and he had destoried his life but most of all he has destoried this young girl and her family and hopfully it will not be a slap on the hand he should do some time for this
  • by Bill Location: southeast ky on Jan 26, 2008 at 10:14 PM
    Why is it that the drunk never gets injuried yet the innocent gets killed? I live in this area and rt11 is dangerous enough when sober. With its curves and dips and substantial traffic flow its a wonder more people aren't killed on it. My heart goes out to the family that lost their loved one and I hope justice comes swiftly.
  • by Ashley Location: Clay on Jan 26, 2008 at 09:43 PM
    I think the man who hit the henson and the tenn should be put behind bars for the rest of his life. He took an innocent life. A family will not see there daughter again because of his choice to drink and drive.
  • by clay county news Location: clay county on Jan 26, 2008 at 11:46 AM
    Please let everyone know that Krystal Bowling student at Hazard Community college is doing well and back at her part-time job at Subway in Manchester Krystal Bowling daughter of Wayne & Teresa Bowling was involved in accident on 1-22-2008. Her Black 2002 Mitsubishi slid off an ice-covered low-water bridge on road 149 at Hector. She suffered from severe hypothermia. Members of the Big Creek Volunteer fire and rescue were the first on the scene but did not attempt to enter the water. They did advise her that help was on the way. She struggled to survive with only her face above water while she prayed that God would keep her warm. She was not rescued from the vehicle until her boyfriend, dad and brother arrived on the scene.
  • by who dropped the ball Location: manchester on Jan 26, 2008 at 10:16 AM
    it is on record that this man has numerous dui a life has been sacrificed and another hangs in limbo....which local department is in charge of making sure this person and those like him do the time that should ultimely have kept him off the roads? I hope someone other than that childs parents, lose sleep over this. In Clay County we should remember this instance when our local elections come around again...


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