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Wreck closes part of North Dixie Avenue

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Elizabethtown woman critically injured

By Marty Finley

A two-vehicle collision Saturday morning sent an Elizabethtown woman to a Louisville hospital with life-threatening injuries and closed southbound North Dixie Avenue for several hours as police reconstructed the scene.

Elizabethtown Police Department said a 19-year-old Elizabethtown woman was critically injured after she failed to yield right-of-way to a 2003 Chevrolet Trailblazer while making a left turn out of Lakeshore Plaza.

EPD Sgt. Tim Cleary said the woman was airlifted to University Hospital in Louisville with severe injuries and was listed in critical condition Saturday afternoon. EPD had not released the woman’s name as of Saturday evening because they still were contacting her next of kin.

The driver of the 2003 Chevrolet Trailblazer, 28-year-old Angel Spratt of Elizabethtown, and two children inside the vehicle were transported to Hardin Memorial Hospital by ambulance and treated for non-life-threatening injuries. They later were released. Cleary said police are unsure if the two children inside the Trailblazer were Spratt’s children.

Police said the 19-year-old, who was operating a 2012 Nissan Versa, was attempting to make a left turn into a southbound lane of North Dixie Avenue when she crossed into the path of Spratt’s vehicle, which was traveling northbound on Dixie in the left lane. The two vehicles collided and spun in the roadway before coming to a stop in the median.

Police responded to the crash around 9:57 a.m. but spent hours on scene investigating the cause of the wreck, which fully closed the southbound lanes of Dixie from the U.S. 31W Bypass to the site of the crash at the intersection of Lakeshore Plaza and North Dixie Avenue. Northbound lanes of Dixie were reduced to one lane during the cleanup, Cleary said.

During the closure, heavier traffic created congestion on the bypass as motorists used it as a temporary detour. Both northbound and southbound lanes of traffic reopened to motorists around 2 p.m., Cleary said.

The collision is still under investigation by EPD’s accident reconstruction team.

Marty Finley can be reached at (270) 505-1762 or mfinley@thenewsenterprise.com.