Driver still at UK after hitting bull

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By Kayla Pickrell, Intern

Early morning fog is being blamed for an accident that injured a Cynthiana teen on Monday.

Ashley Lane, 19, of Cynthiana, remains at the University of Kentucky Medical Center with a broken back and several fractured vertebrae, according to Deputy Nathan Olin of the Harrison County Sheriff’s Department.

Lane was traveling west on Republican Pike at 2:52 a.m. in heavy fog when she turned a curve and struck a bull, according to the Harrison County Sheriff Department’s collision report.

Olin said that when Lane struck the bull it apparently landed on the hood of the driver’s side section of the car.

Olin said Lane crossed the opposite lane after hitting the bull and went down an embankment and came to a final rest beside the a tree.

Olin added that she was unable to be airlifted because of the dense fog.

Lane was taken to Harrison Memorial Hospital at 3:51 a.m. then transported to Lexington.

The owner of the bull has not been identified as of Wednesday morning, said Det. Paul Olin of Harrison County Sheriff’s Department. 

A $500 reward is being offered for anyone who can give information on the bull’s owner by Bill Willoughby, who owns Credit Cars II.

“Half of the time [accidents] involving livestock, you never find out who the owner is,” Paul Olin said.

Olin said the bull was checked for ear tags and tattoos, but none were found.

 If there is any information on the owner of the bull, call Willoughby at (502) 867-0220.