Deputy, Injured In Head-On Crash, Discharged From Hospital

A Whitley County Sheriff's Deputy was discharged Tuesday from the University of Kentucky hospital where he was taken after a serious car crash.

The accident happened around 5:30pm Monday night on the Hal Rogers Parkway in Laurel County.

Whitley County Deputy Josh Wolfe was on his way back home after dropping off a prisoner at a Hazard hospital when his cruiser collided head-on with an SUV.

The accident shutdown the parkway between London and Manchester for a couple of hours Monday night.

State police tell us Deputy Wolfe lost control of his cruiser after passing a car on the wet roadway, hit a guard rail and crossed into on-coming traffic.

KSP tell us speed was a factor.

Whitley County Sheriff Lawrence Hodge tells us Deputy Wolfe suffered a broken neck.

Deputy Wolfe is now being treated for his injuries at the UK Hospital.

At last check he was listed in fair condition.

The other driver was taken to a local hospital, his injuries are believed to be non-life threatening.

Sheriff Hodge tells us Deputy Wolfe is also a part time paramedic in Whitley County.

He's also a member of the Kentucky National Guard and just returned from Iraq a few months ago.


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  • by Zeke Location: Olin on Feb 8, 2008 at 02:02 PM
    Steve,it says he was returning to Whitley Co,not on a run. Char, he is a part time Paramedic, so I guess he fixed it hisself, huh, most of them I know think they are doctors. Anonymous, no location, calling perps punks, shows you have the wrong attitude for a peace officer(if you realy are). You are supposed to work for the people not on the people. I don`t want you to "help" me. The rest seem to understand the situation pretty well.
  • by Wow Location: RIchmond on Feb 7, 2008 at 09:53 AM
    @Posted by: Anonymous Ive been pulled over for driving slower back from irvine than I was driving into it by a KSP. Now why would he pull me over coming back after 15minutes when I was driving the speed limit back home and only 8 over the limit driving in? Naturally wouldnt he wanna pull me over for speeding not driving the limit? Too bad for you guys I dont drink or do drugs as every time you ask for a unreasonable search I comply and nothing is found. Owe yeah thanks for being there for me when my dad stayed cracked out and I not only called you but also went to KSP office and stood at a closed window inside for about 10minutes and no one more than glanced at me and my mom. Stick with the murders and theives thats what your really here for. Owe thats right murderers only get 5 years these days and about 5 people I knwo are still waiting for you to find their stolen items including guns.
  • by Anonymous Location: Williamsburg on Feb 6, 2008 at 09:27 PM
    The main thing about this whole situation is that this deputy is ok. Our law enforcement is vital to our community and they should be appreciated for that. Accident's happen everyday.
  • by Anonymous on Feb 5, 2008 at 04:20 PM
    I know when I'm on duty, I drive as slow as I can. The public can protect themselves. Even with a small department like ours with only 2-3 deputies on duty at a time, with one chasing loose cows, one hunting for a run away punk and one transporting a prisoner to jail, it's on the public to watch out for themselves. I'm glad that so many other people on these boards agree with me. That way when your house gets broken into, or your car is stolen or you are robbed, you'll understand that I am traveling a solid 5 miles below the speed limit for my safety and I'll get to you when I get time. I also use that philosophy on other drivers, that's why I start writing tickets at 2 miles over the limit. I don't know why everyone gets mad, it's for your own good- even "Getting it off my chest" and "wow" agree.
  • by anomous Location: ky on Feb 5, 2008 at 03:13 PM
    this should tell the police something. They speed no matter what but let us do it and we get tickets for it. Its time they looked at their own and make them slow down and get off their cell phones.
  • by Anonymous on Feb 5, 2008 at 03:01 PM
    You people should be GLAD that this deputy is OK, instread of putting our law enforcement down. I write this in response to the other two comments already posted.
  • by Steve Location: KY. on Feb 5, 2008 at 01:55 PM
    Was he high or drinking? Did anyone check?
  • by Brooke Location: Lexington on Feb 5, 2008 at 12:46 PM
    LOL it amazes me to how many cops fly up and own our highways and main roads yet when another citizen in the county is doing it, it's wrong!!! Sometimes I wonder why we have a speed limit because state officials and police officers never follow it and when they should be worried about murders, drugs, and obviously all the criminals who seem to love breaking into our homes and cars there setting on the side of the road trying to clock your speed! If your a day late paying a speeding ticket thats an automatic bench warrant but when you harm someone you can have that drawn out forever!! MONEY MONEY MONEY it makes the world go round'& lots of crazies become cops!!!!
  • by KEITH Location: LONDON,KY on Feb 5, 2008 at 12:08 PM
    I HOPE SOMEONE FROM BELL COUNTY AMBULANCE SERVICE SEE'S THIS ONE I WAS ON 25 E JUST OUT OF BARBOURVILLE HEADED SOUTH AND THE DRIVER CAME U ON MY BUMPER AND I THOUGHT HE WOULD PUSH ME OUT OFF THE ROAD AND I WAS RUNNING 75 MPH HE PASS ME AND WENT ON I KNOW HE HAD TO BE GOING 90 ANYWAY WITH NO LIGHTS ON JUST IN HURRY TO GET BACK TO BELL COUNTY BUT THIS IS HOW THESE ACCIDENTS OCCUR IF U WANT TO CALL THEM THAT.
  • by Char Location: Hazard, KY on Feb 5, 2008 at 10:15 AM
    I don't understand how he got out of the hospital so soon with a broken neck.
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