Commonwealth Journal


July 3, 2013

1 dead, 4 injured in Ky. 39 crash

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


Somerset —

Hughes said she felt that Sears had already passed away from her injuries by the time she was out of her car and trying to help those involved.
Pulaski County Coroner Chuck Godbey stated that Hughes was “probably correct” about that, and he noted that it appeared Sears suffered from a skull fracture in the accident. 
Sears was declared dead on the scene by Godbey.
Godbey said the cause of death for Sears will most likely be blunt-force trauma. He noted Sears was wearing her seat belt at the time of the crash. 
Emma and Clay Miracle and Michelle and Samuel Smith were airlifted individually to the University of Kentucky Medical Center. The four helicopters, all landed near the accident scene in an adjoining field, were provided by AirMethods, PHI, and AirEvac. 
A spokesperson with the UK Medical Center said that as of Wednesday morning, Emma and Clay Miracle were both listed in serious condition. Michelle Smith was listed in fair condition, and Samuel Smith was listed in serious condition. 
On Wednesday, Emond reported that Emma Miracle had suffered a hip fracture and a femur fracture. 
Emma Miracle was expected to undergo surgery Wednesday evening to insert a rod to stabilize her femur. 
Clay Miracle had endured some bleeding to the brain as a result of the accident, but Emond said his outlook improved drastically when doctors discovered that the bleeding had stopped on its own, which meant the 19-year-old would not need surgery. 
Emond said Clay Miracle also suffered injuries to his spleen, some internal bleeding, a broken femur, a broken collar bone and broken vertebrae. 
“They’re recovering, but it’ll be long-term for each of their injuries,” said Emond. 
Updates on Emma and Clay MIracle are being provided via a “Prayers for Emma Miracle” group on Facebook, which began not long after Tuesday’s accident took place. 

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