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One man was in critical condition and another serious following a head-on collision Tuesday morning on US 127 Bypass.
Fog described as “heavier than pea soup” was likely the main culprit in the wreck caused when one driver apparently turned left off of US 62 and travelled north in the southbound lane before striking another vehicle head-on in front of the Hill of Beans convenience store on the Bypass.
Dylan Tucker was traveling south in his Chevy S10 about 5:30 a.m. when his vehicle collided with a vehicle driven by Michael Devine, 55 of 1353 Mays Road, Lawrenceburg, according to officials at the scene.
No other identifying information was available at press time for Tucker.
Devine apparently thought he was traveling in the northbound lane when his vehicle struck Tucker’s, officials said.
Tucker appeared to sustain the most serious injuries and was listed as critical as of press time, according to Emergency Management Director Bart Powell.
Devine was in serious condition.
Both were transported to the University of Kentucky Medical Center’s trauma center, Powell said, adding they were transported by Anderson County EMS because the fog was too thick to allow a helicopter to safely fly.
Both men had to be extracted from their vehicles by what appeared to be at least 20 county and city firefighters who utilized an array of rescue equipment, including hydraulic cutting tools.
Devine was the first to be removed after firefighters cut the driver’s side door off his pickup.
Tucker’s extraction took much longer as firefighters first had to remove the roof of his demolished pickup then attempt to free him from the crumpled dashboard and steering wheel that had him pinned into his seat.
“The wreck woke me up from a sound sleep,” nearby resident Dale Peavler commented on The Anderson News’ Facebook page. “The fog was so thick I couldn’t even see their headlights out my back door.”
The fog caused a rash of traffic problems for first responders, who parked emergency vehicles at the intersection of the Bypass and Highway 44 to warn oncoming drivers of the incident. They then closed the southbound lane and directed traffic onto Highway 44, to Main Street and down Broadway during the morning commute.
The fog was still thick later Tuesday morning and was the likely cause of another less serious wreck on the Bypass in front of Kroger. There was also a report of a wreck on McCormick Lane.
The heavy fog persisted through the day, delaying reconstruction efforts by the Kentucky State Police, which is investigating the wreck.
Lawrenceburg Police initially investigated before handing it off to KSP. Also at the scene was the Anderson County Sheriff’s Office.