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Aaron Smith’s 1994 Chevy S-10 suffered severe damage when it collided with a semitruck at KY 801 and I-64 on Thursday, Jan. 9.

FARMERS Aaron Smith, 18, was severely injured when his 1994 Chevy S-10 collided with a semi-truck at KY 801 and I-64 last Thursday. He was on his way to work in Mt. Sterling at the time of the accident.

He was pinned in his vehicle for 19 minutes until firefighters from Morehead and Farmers fire departments were able to extricate him. He was flown to Cabell Huntington Hospital’s trauma unit.

“He suffered multiple broken bones in his legs, two broken knees, broken hip and pelvis, and facial trauma,” his mother, Feleshia Moore, said. “He is stable and has undergone his first surgery and awaiting further surgeries and treatments.”

He was scheduled for flash radiation treatment to prevent calcification of his repaired hip and pelvis. It will also aid in healing. More procedures are scheduled.

As a result of his injuries, a fundraiser has been organized on Facebook to help with Smith’s medical expenses.

“Aaron is only 18 and was just starting his life after graduating from high school a year early. He is employed at Cooper Standard in Mt. Sterling, Kentucky, as a hose foreman,” said Crystal Short, his niece. She organized the electronic fundraiser. “We hope that this fundraiser will take some of the financial burden off him and his mom to allow them to focus on his course or treatment and recovery. All financial donations and prayers are greatly appreciated.”

For more information, or to make a donation, visit https://bit.ly/2Tnt6N8 (case sensitive). The fundraiser can also be found under the “Fundraiser” tab on Facebook.

This article was updated at 10:40 a.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 15 and changed the time it took remove Smith from his vehicle. Crews removed him in 19 minutes, according to Farmers Fire Department Chief Darrell Glover. It did not take an hour or longer as originally stated.

Reach Cory at cclaxon@themoreheadnews.com or by phone at (606) 784-4116.

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