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Two are injured in crash that shears car in two

Police said two men were lucky to survive after a single-car crash split their car into two pieces Friday night.

The wreck happened at around 10:20 p.m. on Russell Cave Road between Hughes Lane and Dixiana Domino Road. Lt. Chris Van Brackel said the car was travelling away from Lexington when it crossed the center line and almost went off the left side of the road; the driver swerved to avoid a small tree, overcorrected and drove off the right-hand side of the road, hitting a telephone pole.

The impact tore off the back end of the car, a Honda. The driver and a passenger were still in their seats when emergency workers arrived; firefighters cut the two out of the car. They were taken to University of Kentucky Chandler Hospital with what police believe are non-life-threatening injuries.

"I've never seen a car completely split in half like this and had both people survive," Van Brackel said.

The driver suffered a large cut to the head but was awake and talking to hospital staff before being taken to surgery Friday night, Van Brackel said. The passenger did not appear to be injured, he said.

Speed is believed to be a factor in the crash, but Van Brackel said there was no evidence that the men had been drinking. Officers initially thought beer cans were strewn about the crash scene; upon closer inspection, the cans turned out to be burst cans of Sprite.

The trunk and rear tires of the car came to rest against a white wooden fence. The front of the car came to rest about 50 feet away beside the road.

"We thought this was going to be a fatal collision," Van Brackel said. "It's a high-speed crash to be able to split the car in half, obviously, and to have both the driver and the passenger be conscious and talking to us at the hospital is something I've never seen."