By Dean Manning
For the Mountain Advocate
A Corbin man was airlifted to the University of Kentucky Medical Center following a six-vehicle chain-reaction wreck at the intersection of U.S. 25E and Ohler Road Tuesday morning.
Twenty-six-year-old Justin Hamblin is listed in fair condition. Two other individuals, 25-year-old Jenna Noe of Harlan and 38-year-old John Stratman of Richmond were taken by ambulance to Baptist Health Corbin.
Corbin Police Lieutenant Glenn Taylor said the wreck occurred about 7:30 a.m. on south U.S. 25E when Hamblin came upon a line of cars sitting at the traffic light.
“Witnesses said he (Hamblin) was travelling at a high rate of speed,” Taylor said. “I don’t know if he didn’t realize they were completely stopped.”
Taylor said Hamblin’s 2002 Ford Taurus struck Stratman’s Toyota Prius and a Nissan Altima simultaneously.
“It looked like he did try to go in between them,” Taylor said.
The impact knocked the Prius and Altima into Noe’s Honda CRV SUV. The SUV then struck a Nissa Ultima, which was knocked into a Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck.
South U.S. 25E was closed to traffic for approximately 35 minutes as emergency personnel worked to clear the scene.
Hamblin was taken by ambulance to the Knox County Annex to meet a helicopter that had landed at the helipad.
Ambulances from Knox and Whitley EMS were dispatched to the scene to transport Noe and Stratman.
Taylor said Hamblin was driving on a DUI suspended license and will be charged.
“We are working to determine whether drugs or alcohol was a factor in the wreck,” Taylor said.
Corbin Fire Department also responded to the scene.