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WCHS senior Stubblefield recovering after surgery
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Pictured in the Jeep reportedly driven by Madalyn Stubblefield on Sunday afternoon. - photo by Taylor Moore

A Warren County High School senior has been injured in a wreck in Morrison just days before graduation. 

“We need prayers,” said Kristy Stubblefield, regarding her daughter, Madalyn Stubblefield. “I’d like to thank the community for their prayers and their concerns. This was supposed to be the biggest week of her life to date. We are devastated, but blessed that she is alive.”

According to state trooper Josh Sparkman, the 17-year-old was traveling inbound on Manchester Highway in a 2016 Jeep when she collided with a 2012 Ford F150 driven by John Barrett Brock, 36. The crash happened Sunday afternoon at 3:52 p.m.

Sparkman says Brock has been determined to be the at-fault motorist.

“He crossed over the continuous turning lane,” said Sparkman, who declined to comment on why Brock crossed into oncoming traffic. “There’s an ongoing investigation so I’m not going to speculate. Charges are pending the results of that investigation.”

Madalyn was airlifted from the scene to Erlanger. According to Kristy, she suffered a broken femur, broken arm, concussion and damage to her spleen. She underwent surgery on Monday to repair damage to the spleen. Another surgery will be needed to place a rod in her leg and pins in her arm.

Brock was transported by Warren County EMS to Saint Thomas River Park with possible injuries to his head and shoulder. A third vehicle was also involved. 

“There was road debris everywhere,” said Sparkman. “It was a very large scene. When the wheel of the Jeep came off, it traveled across the westbound lanes and a vehicle struck it. It was a 2013 Ford Fusion. She ran over the wheel from the Jeep and it got caught under her vehicle. No injuries, but damage to the vehicle.”

The graduating class of 2021 is set to walk across the stage May 28.

“We are very sad to hear of the accident that involved one of our students at WCHS,” said Director of Schools Grant Swallows. “She and her family are in our prayers. One thing I have been told is that she’s a fighter and I know she will continue to do that in this situation. I hate that it has happened so close to her graduation day. Obviously we are hopeful she will be able to come back and join our ceremony. If not, we will work with the family to make sure we honor her when she is feeling much better.” 

The incident occurred in the area where Tom Grissom Road intersections with Manchester Highway.