Two Boyle County residents remained hospitalized Saturday following a two-vehicle collision Friday afternoon on the Danville bypass in front of O’Charley’s restaurant.
Driver Sean McKay, 36, of Danville, was airlifted from the scene to the University of Kentucky Medical Center in Lexington, where he was listed in “critical” condition Saturday, according to Danville Sgt. Jonathan Courtwright.
The second driver, Jennifer Sargent, 37, of Gravel Switch, was transported by ambulance to Ephraim McDowell Regional Medical Center in Danville, where she was reported in “stable” condition Saturday morning, Courtwright said.
Witnesses told Courtwright that Sargent was westbound on the bypass in her 2008 Dodge Durango when she came upon a red light and tried to stop but was unable to. The SUV crashed directly into the driver’s side of McKay’s 2006 Mazda 6 as it was entering the insection from Southtown Drive next to O’Charley’s.
Emergency responders were called out at 2:45 p.m. and Danville firefighters had to cut the roof and doors from McKay’s vehicle in order to free him. He was semi-conscious and barely able to speak with rescuers as they treated him first on the road next to the wreck and then in a nearby ambulance.
An Air Evac Lifeteam helicopter landed in the westbound lanes of the bypass to transport McKay to the UK hospital as about 25 people gathered on the hillside near McDonald’s to watch the operation. The westbound lanes were closed for more than a hour, with traffic being rerouted through the shopping center parking lot.
Officer Clark Logan is investigating the crash. It was not immediately known what caused Sargent to run through the red light. Alcohol or drugs are not considered factors in the collision and no charges are expected, police said.