Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)

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November 5, 2011

School official, wife hurt in crash

GRAYSON — Co-workers at the Carter County Board of Education were staggered Thursday and remained troubled Friday after hearing one of their own was critically injured in a traffic crash.

Transportation director Terry Maggard and his wife Penny both were hurt when their sport-utility vehicle crashed on I-64 late Thursday morning, according to the Kentucky State Police.

The crash happened in Montgomery County and probably was caused by the vehicle hydroplaning during heavy rainfall, according to police.

“We are sad to hear of this tragedy. We’re just praying and hoping for their quick recovery,” said Superintendent Ronnie Dotson.

The injuries appear to be extensive. Terry Maggard, 52, suffered multiple injuries to the chest and head and was listed in critical condition at the University of Kentucky Medical Center, while Penny Maggard, 50, suffered a fractured neck and is in stable condition.

Maggard had been on sick leave for about a week and was believed to be en route home from treatment, Dotson said.

“Terry had to overcome lots of health issues and we celebrated along with him,” Dotson said. “He has been an outstanding employee in Carter County for many years and has gone above and beyond the call of duty.”

According to police reports, Penny Maggard was driving. Once their vehicle hydroplaned, she lost control and it flipped over a guardrail and went down a 30-foot embankment.

MIKE JAMES can be reached at mjames@dailyindependent.com or

(606) 326-2652.

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