Herald photographer critically injured in wreck

Lydia Schweickart individual photo

A WKU student is in the ICU following an automobile collision Wednesday. 

The two-car collision took place around 5 p.m. Wednesday at the intersection of Lovers Lane and Middle Bridge Road. 

Lydia Schweickart, 20, of Louisville, was one of the drivers involved in the crash. Schweickart is a Herald staff photographer.

The Bowling Green Fire Department inserted a breathing tube at the scene, and she was later airlifted to Tristar Skyline Medical Center in Nashville for further treatment. She is currently being kept sedated but is in stable condition and is expected to make a full recovery.

Emily Moses, Schweickart’s roommate, said Schweickart went to drop off one of their mutual friends from work around 5 p.m. 

Later that night, Mhari Shaw, Schweickart’s other roommate and Herald photo editor, called Moses, asking her if she knew where Schweickart was, because she did not pick up their friend that afternoon, which Moses said was unusual.

“I knew something was wrong, because that wasn’t like her at all,” Moses said.

Moses said she and Shaw called Schweickart’s mother about their missing roommate. She said it wasn’t until she saw a Twitter post of Schweickart’s car at the intersection at about 10 p.m. that she learned Schweickart had gotten into a car accident.

When Schweickart was transferred to Tristar Skyline Medical Center, Moses said she and Shaw visited her. Moses said Schweickart received minor cuts and bruises and suffered a minor brain injury, but she did not have additional information on that.

“We were relieved that we found her, because for about five hours, we didn’t know what happened to her, but we were worried because we didn’t know her condition,” Moses said, referring to herself and Shaw when they discovered she was in the hospital.

“We balance each other out so well,” Shaw said. “She’s kind and funny, and everyone loves being around her. She’s really talented and sweet and a great friend to a lot of people, so it was difficult, for sure.”

Assistant News Editor Emily DeLetter can be reached at 270-745-6011 or [email protected] Follow her on Twitter at @emilydeletter.

News reporter Nicole Ziege can be reached at 270-745-6011 and [email protected] Follow her on Twitter at @NicoleZiege.