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Whitley County HS senior fighting for her life after Monday crash in Corbin

Whitley County High School Senior Alexandra Hamilton, above, was critically injured in an auto accident on the Corbin Bypass Monday evening.

A popular Whitley County High School student is fighting for her life after receiving life-threatening injuries Monday night in a three-vehicle collision on the Corbin Bypass. She is currently being treated at a Lexington hospital.

Police say that 17-year-old Alexandra Hamilton was driving a 2000 Dodge Stratus east on KY 3041 (the Corbin Bypass) early Monday evening when she lost control of the car in a curve and crossed the centerline, striking a 2000 Ford Contour "nearly head-on."

The Contour was driven by Dwayne Wilder, of Williamsburg.

A third vehicle, a Toyota Echo, driven by Archie Miller, was traveling west behind Wilder and tried to avoid the collision, but could not and struck the Contour.

Hamilton's vehicle came to rest against a steep earthen embankment.

Kentucky State Police Trooper Jason Partin investigated the crash. Police say Hamilton's car may have overturned at least once as a result of the collision.

Hamilton was not ejected from the vehicle, but police confirmed that she was not wearing her seat belt. Both Wilder and Miller were wearing seatbelts at the time.

Hamilton was transported to Baptist Regional Medical Center to be treated for her injuries, but was transferred from there to the University of Kentucky Medical Center in Lexington where she remained, at press time, in critical condition.

Whitley County Schools Superintendent Scott Paul said he has been in contact with Hamilton's family since the crash, and said her injuries were very serious, but would give no further details.

Hamilton is a senior at Whitley County High School.

"We certainly have her in our thoughts and prayers and hope she is able to recover from this soon," Paul said Tuesday. "She is a very well liked young lady and I know there's a lot of folks praying for her and wishing her the best."

Paul went on to say that Hamilton is an "excellent student" who is very involved in school activities. She is a member of the high school girls cross-country team.

Hamilton was also a 2012 contestant in the Miss NIBROC and Miss Laurel County Fair pageants.

Monday's crashed forced the closure of the Corbin Bypass for nearly two hours. The collision remains under investigation.

Authorities do not believe drugs or alcohol were factors in the accident.

Assisting Partin at the scene were members of the Knox County Sheriff's Department and the West Knox Volunteer Fire Department.

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