Two Southern Kentucky High School football players were injured in an accident at the intersection of Highway 80 and Barnett Street in Somerset when a semi slammed into their car. William Hinton, 17 years old and Jacobi Gilmore, 16, were not far from the high school at the time of the accident. The crash happened when Hinton tried to pull across the eastbound lanes of KY-80 and drove into the path of a Peterbilt tractor-trailer that was hauling straw. Hinton's car hit a Jeep Cherokee, but the driver appeared uninjured. The driver of the tractor-trailer was taken to Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital.
Both boys sustained serious injuries. Hinton sustained a broken pelvis and lacerations to his face. Gilmore had a collapsed lung and his brain was bleeding. Hinton had surgery on his hip and though he's still said to be in a lot of pain, he is recovering. The boys are still currently being treated at the University of Kentucky Medical Center. Hinton was not wearing his seat belt at the time of the crash and Gilmore was wearing his.
Students from the boys' high school visited the accident scene soon after it happened and after seeing the damage to the car, many thought it was amazing the boys survived.
"I just had to stop to in disbelief. I immediately had to get where the accident was and be with my team because they're my family," said Tyler Megargel, a friend and teammate of Hinton and Gilmore.
We wish William and Jacobi the best and hope they recover fully from their injuries.