Emergency management director injured in crash

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Rick Morgan airlifted to UK Medical Center

Owen County Emergency Management Director Rick Morgan is listed in fair condition after a two-vehicle crash Thursday.
A 911 call was dispatched at 8:24 a.m., July 10, to the 3000 block of U.S. Hwy. 127 S., but the incident occurred at 3300 U.S. Hwy. 127 N.
Owen County Volunteer Fire Department Public Information Officer Jude Canchola said because the wrong address was given, emergency units did not arrive on the scene until 8:37 a.m.
Canchola said Kentucky State Police determined one vehicle was traveling south on U.S. Hwy. 127, when it crossed the center line after the driver allegedly fell asleep, and hit the second vehicle head on traveling north on U.S. Hwy. 127.
According to the Kentucky State Police, Kyle Newsome, 19, of Owenton, was driving southbound on Hwy. 127 S. when she apparently fell asleep. Her vehicle drifted into the northbound lane, police said.
Morgan, who was driving in the northbound lane, spotted the vehicle coming toward him and shifted into the other lane.
KSP said Newsome woke up suddenly and tried to return to the southbound lane and the two vehicles hit head-on.
Newsome was transported to New Horizons via Owen County Life Squad.
Morgan was extracted from the vehicle he was operating and airlifted to the University of Kentucky Medical Center.
As of press time Tuesday, Morgan was listed as in fair condition at the UK Medical Center.
Owenton, Owen County, New Liberty and Jonesville volunteer fire departments, along with Owen County Rescue responded to the scene. The Monterey Volunteer Fire Department was on standby at the Owenton/Owen County Volunteer Fire Station.
No charges have been filed in connection with the wreck.