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July 3, 2013

1 dead, 4 injured in Ky. 39 crash

Victim survived by her 2 children, who were riding in family car

Somerset —

Barbara Sears Emond hasn’t left her niece and nephew’s sides since late Tuesday evening.
Emma Miracle, 13, and Rich-ard Clay Miracle, 19, known as Clay to his family and friends, are both recovering at the University of Kentucky Medical Center after being involved in a serious car accident on Ky. 39 Tuesday night. 
“We just don’t want to leave them,” said Emond on Wed-nesday.
Emma and Clay, both of Somerset, were in a southbound 1992 Ford Taurus with their mother, Melissa Sears, 38, also of Somerset, behind the wheel when the Taurus collided with a second vehicle, a northbound 2006 Toyota van.
Melissa Sears succumbed to her injuries.
Carey Hughes, a resident of the Campground Road area, was waiting to pull out onto Ky. 39 from Campground at around 8 p.m. Tuesday when she saw the accident happen. 
Hughes said she watched, horrified, as the Taurus lost control and overcorrected, enter-ing into the path of the van. Hughes said the driver of the van even attempted to avoid the collision, but it was too late.
A report from the Somerset Police Department, which stayed on the scene through Tuesday evening to reconstruct the crash, confirms that Sears lost control of the Taurus, which crossed the center line on Ky. 39 before the collision. 
Hughes said the van “T-boned” Sears’ Taurus in the driver’s side. 
Hughes said she ran up to the van first, and that’s when the driver, still conscious, yelled at Hughes to call 911. 
“I went running down the road to see if the other drivers had phones,” said Hughes. 
SPD identified the driver of the vehicle as Michelle Smith, 40, of Crab Orchard. 
What ensued was a chaotic scene as bystanders worked to free Smith and a passenger in her van, Samuel Smith, who appears to be Michelle Smith’s son, along with Emma and Clay Miracle. All four were suffering from serious injuries sustained in the crash. 

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