Paducah couple killed in interstate crash

PADUCAH, KY (KFVS) - A Paducah couple was killed after being involved in a multiple car crash Wednesday evening on Interstate 24 in McCracken County.

It happened on I-24 at US 45 (Lone Oak Road).

According to Paducah Police, McCracken County Dep. Coroner Ben Bradford pronounced Frank Wallace, 78, of Husband Road dead at 7:29 p.m. at a Paducah area hospital. Bradford pronounced Frank's wife Mary Wallace, 80, dead at 10:29 p.m.

Police say the crash was one of 3 that happened in quick succession Wednesday evening.

The first was at 6:15 p.m. when a pickup driven west on I-24 by Allen A. Day, 30, of Oaks Road apparently hydroplaned on wet roads and the driver lost control. The truck ran into a grassy area between the interstate and the US 45 exit ramp, said officers.

The second happened when an SUV driven west on I-24 by Kathy York, 48, of Oaks Road slowed while approaching the 1st crash. The Jeep was hit in the rear by a pickup driven by Andrew Esau, 20, of Murray, Ky., according to police.

Police say York and two passengers were taken to a Paducah area hospital for treatment of minor injuries.

Officers say a car driven by Frank Wallace then approached the SUV/pickup crash and slowed and was hit by a car driven by John M. Patterson, 42, of Deerhaven Lane. Police say Wallace's car was shoved into the inside lane into the path of a Peterbilt tractor-trailer which had changed lanes to avoid the earlier crash.

The semi driven by Emory Sigman, Jr., 56, of Conyers, Georgia hit Wallace's car broadside in the driver's side, police said.

A PT Cruiser driven by Gina Darnall, 46, of Benton, Ky. was sideswiped by one of the vehicles, but it is still being determined which one, police said.

The crash in which the Wallace's were involved was less that 1/2 mile from the scene of a collision Monday that claimed the life of a young McCracken County man. Robert Partin was killed in that crash.

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