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Two impaled by fence in Harrodsburg accident

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By The Staff

Two Harrodsburg women were impaled by a fence during a single-car accident Thursday night in Mercer County.

A Lawrenceburg man, Samuel L. Oates, 18, of Long Road, was driving the car.

Both the women, Elizabeth B. Perque, 17, and Lou Anne Shearer, 21, were passengers in the vehicle.

According to reports from the Mercer County Sheriff's Department, Oates was driving the car along Curry Pike. Roadway conditions were listed as wet, while the weather was cloudy and it was still daylight outside.

Oates was driving southbound, and evidence at the scene showed a skid mark beginning about 300 feet from the roadway to the area of final rest, the reports said. The vehicle left the road and went up a slight embankment, turned sideways and rolled three to four times before coming to rest, facing west in a fence right side up, according to the reports.

Both the women and a pet dog were thrown from the vehicle. Police reports say that both women had obvious multiple injuries to their entire bodies. The dog was also injured.

Oates was also seriously injured, and rescue workers had to use "mechanical means" to remove him from the vehicle, according to the reports.

All three were transported to James B. Haggin Memorial Hospital in Harrodsburg. Animal control rescued the dog.

Oates was driving on a suspended license and should not have been driving the vehicle, police said. The sheriff's office plans to request a criminal hearing in Mercer County.