Drug use suspected in Laurel County crash that injured five

Drug use is suspected as a factor in a two-car crash that injured five people in Laurel County on Wednesday evening, according to state police.

Hughie S. Rogers, 49, of Manchester told police he was driving west on Ky. 80 when an animal ran into the road, causing him to swerve into the other lane.

Rogers' 1992 Buick collided head-on with a car driven by Ashley N. Smith, 33, of Manchester, state police said.

Rogers was taken to Saint Joseph Hospital in London for treatment. A passenger in his car, 32-year-old Joanie Davis, as well as Ashley Smith and passengers Tim Smith, 33, and Brandon Smith, 12, of Manchester were airlifted to the University of Kentucky Chandler Hospital for treatment.

Drug use is suspected as contributing factor on the part of both drivers, according to a news release from state police.