MCCRACKEN COUNTY, KY (KFVS) - McCracken County authorities are searching for a driver who left the scene after a crash that seriously injured two people.
Deputies say a call came in at 1:15 a.m. Sunday reporting a single-vehicle crash with injuries just west of Exit 11 on Interstate 24 in Paducah.
Investigators learned that a Gold 1994 Oldsmobile Alero driven by was Westbound on I-24 when his vehicle ran off the roadway and collided with the outside lane guard rail face and bridge wall.
Deputies say the vehicle then traveled backwards across the Westbound lanes and collided with the inside lane bridge wall.
When the vehicle came to rest, 18-year-old Richard Guzman of Paducah who was driving the vehicle fled the scene on foot before emergency responders arrived.
A passenger in the vehicle, 23-year-old Mathew Mayo of Paducah was thrown from the car and deputies say he sustained substantial injuries.
Another passenger, 17-year-old Michael Morrison of Paducah, sustained non-life threatening injuries.
Both passengers were transported to Lourdes ER for treatment. Mayo is listed in critical.
Charges are pending against Guzman for failing to render aid and leaving the scene of an accident involving injury and property damage.
The westbound lanes of I-24 were closed and/or reduced to one lane traffic for approximately 30 minutes.
Deputies say rainy weather and driving too fast for conditions may have caused the crash.