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Teen airlifted to hospital after crash

In looking at what’s left of the 2006 Ford involved in the crash, it’s almost hard to believe the driver survived.

“She had her seat belt on,” said Kentucky Vehicle Enforcement officer Steven Douglas.

Police say 18-year-old Shawna Barnett was headed to Williamsburg from her home in Stearns when something caused her to veer into the opposite lane of Highway 92 and hit a commercial truck head on.

“I spoke with the parents of the female involved. She works a late night shift and was headed to school this morning. Fatigue could possibly be a factor,” said Douglas.

The teenager was airlifted out and is being treated at a Tennessee hospital. The other driver, 35-year-old Merle Watkins of London, was treated and released from a Corbin hospital.

Ky. 92 west of Williamsburg was shut down for about 4 hours while police investigated the cause and while emergency crews cleaned up the liquids leaking from the two vehicles.

The roadway was littered with debris, but diesel fuel was also a problem.

“Probably lost 50 gallons of diesel fuel. Also we had motor oil, transmission, and antifreeze that we had to get off the road,” said Danny Moses with Whitley Co. Emergency Management.


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