New Year's Day Accident Is Still Being Felt

By: Jon Sonnheim Email
By: Jon Sonnheim Email

A New Year's Day accident in Breathitt County, that took two lives and left three in the hospital, is still being being felt.

Traffic continued to flow along Highway 15 in Breathitt County Tuesday, But the remnants of a New Year's Day accident that took two lives still lies by the roadside.

It was an accident less than one mile from Riverside Christian School, which cancelled classes Tuesday for one of their own 27 year old Michael Alex.

"He was the maintenance man here, he kept the furnaces going, kept things in repair, but his true love was working with kids," Principal Daniel VanSkyhawk said

As boys and girls basketball coach for the elementary and junior high students, school administrators say they were blown away by his energy and how much the students adored him...

"He'd go in there and the kids just flock around him, Mr. Alex is here. They were just excited to see him, they loved him alot," Principal VanSkyhawk said.

The same students, who must now deal with his loss and return to school Wednesday.

"We don't know what the Lord's reasons are, but we'll just pick up and carry on as best we can now," Lawrence Monroe said.

The New Year's accident stretched farther than Breathitt County by taking the life of University of Louisville biology professor Jeffrey Jack.

Co-workers say Jack was an outstanding scientist interested in stream conservation.

He was becoming familiar with Eastern Kentucky through his interest in mountaintop removal.

Riverside Christian School says they're planning a memorial service for Michael Alex.

Meanwhile, UK Medical Center officials say Jeffrey Jack's wife, Elaine, and daughter are both still in serious condition.

Officials say another daughter is in fair condition.


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