Kentucky student, woman die in car crash that left several others injured

A woman and a Corbin Independent Schools student were killed in a car crash that left another woman and two children injured Tuesday morning.

Kentucky State Police said the boy who died, who they did not publicly identify, was a passenger in a southbound 2017 GMC Acadia that crossed the center line and struck a 2012 Lexus passenger car on Bee Creek Road/Ky. 1193 in Whitley County.

State police said the child was taken by ambulance to Baptist Regional Medical Center. He was going to be transferred by Air Evac to the University of Kentucky Children’s Hospital, but because of his injuries and condition, the flight was diverted to St. Joseph London Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 9:48 a.m., according to a news release.

The driver of the Lexus, Diana L. Alsip, 67, of Corbin, was pronounced dead as a result of her injuries at the University of Tennessee Hospital at 10:21 a.m., state police said.

A child in Alsip’s vehicle was taken to Baptist Regional Medical Center, then later airlifted to Kentucky Children’s Hospital with injuries that were not thought to be life-threatening.

The driver of the Acadia, Stephanie N. Smith, 33, of Corbin, as well as another juvenile in her vehicle, were treated at a hospital and then released, state police said.

Trooper Scottie Pennington said the wreck happened around 7:50 a.m. Witnesses told KSP it was a head-on collision but troopers are still trying to figure out what happened.

Corbin Independent Schools Superintendent David Cox sent a message to parents and guardians that said a student was killed in a car wreck that was not “school related.”.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with the family and our school community,” Cox’s message stated. “We will share more information as it becomes available.”

Herald-Leader staff writer Karla Ward contributed to this report.