Elementary school principal, 21-year-old victims in fatal Laurel crash 


Two people died in this accident Monday in Laurel County.

LONDON, Ky. -- Two individuals have died and four others were seriously injured, including three children, as a result of a two-vehicle crash that happened on Old Way Road in Laurel County Monday.

Jamie Gilliam, 38, of London and James Dylan Johnson, 21, of London were both pronounced deceased at the scene by the Laurel County Coroner.

In addition, three children, ages 14, 11, and 6, were all seriously hurt and were transported by ambulance to St. Joseph Hospital London for treatment of serious injuries with the 14-year-old and 6-year-old later airlifted to UK Hospital in Lexington.

A passenger, Kenneth Gilliam, age 46, of London was transported by Ambulance Inc. of Laurel County to St. Joseph Hospital London with multiple injuries.

According to an investigation by Laurel Sheriff's Detective Sgt./Reconstructionist Chris Edwards along with Deputy Brad Mink, the two vehicle double fatal traffic crash which occurred at approximately 9:31 p.m. Monday on Old Way Road, approximately three miles east of London.

The investigators report that apparently a Kia Rio passenger car, driven by Johnson, traveling northbound on Old Way Road topped a small hill and struck a southbound Honda Odyssey van, driven by Jamie Gilliam, head-on.

Gilliam was the principal at Johnson Elementary School in London.

Agencies assisting at the scene included Ambulance Inc. of Laurel County, the Laurel County fire department, the London city fire department, London Laurel rescue squad, Laurel County coroner Doug Bowling, PHI Helicopter, and Air Evac Helicopter. Laurel County Deputies assisting at the scene included: Deputy Allen Turner, Deputy Travis Napier, Deputy Robert Reed, Deputy Hunter Disney, Sgt. Greg Poynter, Detective Bryon Lawson, Bailiff Brent France and Deputy Gilbert Acciardo.

Investigation will be continuing.