Winchester Road was shut down for hours Sunday after a collision sent four people to the hospital, left a car upside down on a sidewalk and smashed a window at a Lexington business.
Witnesses said an inbound white car sped around a corner on two wheels, went out of control and hit an outbound green car head-on.
The driver and passenger in the white car, which was declared at fault, had "significant injuries," Lexington police Lt. Roger Holland said. Both were unresponsive initially, though one regained consciousness Sunday night.
A driver and passenger in the green car also were taken to University of Kentucky Chandler Hospital, though their injuries did not appear as serious, he said.
The wreck happened just after 7 p.m. near Winchester Road and Walton Avenue. The road was still closed at 10 p.m. while the Collision Reconstruction Unit investigated.
The reconstruction unit typically is not called unless injuries are life-threatening or there is a possibility of criminal charges, such as driving under the influence. Holland said speed was a factor in the wreck, and investigators thought alcohol also might be involved.
The names of the victims had not been released Sunday night.
Firefighters used hydraulic cutters to remove the driver of the white car, which ended up on its roof on the sidewalk. One or both cars crashed into Shrout Tate Wilson Consulting Engineers in the Lexington Design Center building, smashing a window and crumbling a wall. Police were trying to contact the owner of the building Sunday night.
Holland said police had received at least one report of a white Buick speeding through the area and driving recklessly just before the wreck. After the crash, police received more reports about the white car.
Alex Buley said he was outside the McDonald's about a quarter-mile away when he saw the car speeding by at "about 90 miles per hour."
He and some co-workers commented on the car's speed seconds before hearing the "boom" of the crash, he said. He walked down the street to inspect the damage.
"Everybody that was outside the restaurant said, 'It was probably that white car,'" he said. "Sure enough, here it is."