Alcohol suspected in two-vehicle accident that injured student

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By Lorrie Kinkade

A two-vehicle collision last week sent two people to the hospital, one with serious injuries.

The crash happened around 8 a.m. Sept. 17 when a red pickup truck driven by David W. Collins, 35, collided with a 2004 Ford pickup driven by 17-year-old Austin W. Kidwell of Campbellsburg.

A Kentucky State Police press report said Collins was traveling southbound on Hwy. 421 North near Trimble County High School when the crash occurred. After Collins’ truck left the west side of the road for an unknown reason, according to police, the driver over-corrected, causing the truck to re-enter the road and strike the front driver’s side of Kidwell’s northbound vehicle. Kidwell’s vehicle rolled into a ditch, coming to rest on the passenger side.

Collins, who was not wearing a seatbelt, was trapped in his vehicle, said KSP spokesman Chip Perry, and due to the severity of his injuries was transported to University Hospital in Louisville by StatCare after being extricated.

Trimble County EMS transported Kidwell to Baptist Hospital Northeast for treatment of his injuries. Police reported he was wearing a seatbelt at the time of the crash.

Perry said alcohol is believed to be a factor and Collins, whose driver’s license lists a Louisville address, has been charged with DUI. Additionally, he faces charges of failure to register a vehicle and failure to maintain insurance.

Perry said police were unable to ascertain who owns the truck driven by Collins, as registration plates were not present and the vehicle’s VIN plate was illegible.

The collision is under investigation by Kentucky State Police Trooper Dusty Corbin.

Assisting at the scene were KSP Sgt. Jamie Heller and Trooper Seth Wills, Trimble County Sheriff’s Department, Trimble County EMS, Bedford Fire & Rescue, Milton Fire & Rescue and StatCare.