Eric Dixon, 31, of Cumberland, was flown to Holston Valley Medical Center after his vehicle crossed the center lane, striking another vehicle and sending its driver, Francis Hartford, 46, of Lynch, to Harlan Appalachian Regional, according to police.
Celia Chaviz, of Harlan, was a passenger in Hartford's vehicle but was not injured.
According to Kentucky State Police trooper Robert Farley, Dixon's silver 1998 Dodge Durango was traveling north around the curve just north of Molus and crossed the center lane, striking the left front of Hartford's 1999 white Pontiac Grand Prix, which was traveling south. The collision sent both vehicles up against the embankment on the outside of the curve, approximately 340 feet from each other.
Hartford and Chaviz were both wearing seat belts; however, it is unknown whether Dixon was wearing one.
Dixon was listed in stable condition Tuesday evening.
Trooper Rob Farley is investigating the incident. He was assisted at the scene by troopers Van Wright and Jason Young, the Harlan County Rescue Squad, LifeCare Ambulance service, Harlan EMS, Wallins Fire Department and Wings Air Rescue.