Crime

Police: New Circle crash witnesses report 1 car traveled at high speed

Lexington Firefighters looked inside an overturned car at the scene of an accident on New Circle Road in Lexington, Ky., on May 1, 2012.  An accident involving at least two cars and one 18-wheeler closed both the outer loop and inner loop of New Circle Road between Old Frankfort Pike and Leestown Road.  Photo by Pablo Alcala | Staff
Lexington Firefighters looked inside an overturned car at the scene of an accident on New Circle Road in Lexington, Ky., on May 1, 2012. An accident involving at least two cars and one 18-wheeler closed both the outer loop and inner loop of New Circle Road between Old Frankfort Pike and Leestown Road. Photo by Pablo Alcala | Staff Lexington Herald-Leader

A car traveling at high speed went out of control on New Circle Road early Tuesday afternoon, triggering a three-vehicle wreck that injured three people and closed the road for about three hours.

The crash occurred about 1:45 p.m., just west of the Leestown Road interchange on New Circle Road.

According to a police news release, a tan Buick LeSabre driven by Ines Badinga of Lexington was traveling in the left lane of the inner loop of New Circle at high speed.

Lt. Chris Van Brackel said witnesses also reported seeing the Buick weaving in and out of traffic.

Badinga lost control of the car, which went up onto the median and crossed into the path of a tractor-trailer, according to the news release. The car spun and was hit by a Toyota Camry, then landed on its top.

Passersby helped get Badinga out of the car. She was listed in serious condition at University of Kentucky Chandler Hospital on Tuesday night.

The tractor-trailer that hit the car was a gasoline tanker, but it had no fuel on board, police said. The driver, William L. Johnson of Springfield, was not injured.

Police said rescue crews extricated the driver of the Camry, David Cavaliere of Richmond, and his passenger, Erik J. Spurling. Cavaliere was treated and released from the hospital; Spurling was in fair condition Tuesday night.

All those involved in the crash were wearing seat belts, police said. Drugs and alcohol are not thought to be factors in the crash.

The outer loop of New Circle Road between Leestown Road and the Old Frankfort Pike interchange was closed while crews worked at the scene. One lane remained open on the inner loop. New Circle Road was reopened to traffic by about 5 p.m.

Fayette County Commonwealth's Attorney Ray Larson visited the crash scene at the request of police. Van Brackel said that was done in case charges are filed.

Police are continuing to gather information, and anyone who saw the wreck is urged to call (859) 258-3600.

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