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1 dead after semi crash on I-24 near 42MM

Drivers were detoured along the route in red after two semi crashes on I-24. (Source: GoogleEarth) Drivers were detoured along the route in red after two semi crashes on I-24. (Source: GoogleEarth)
LYON COUNTY, KY (KFVS) -

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet reports one person was killed during a semi crash near mile marker 42 in Lyon County.

The site is cleared and all lanes are back open. 

At one point, both eastbound lanes of I-24 and one westbound lane were shut down.

According to Kentucky State Police, David Long, 55, of Memphis, Tenn., was driving a 2006 Freightliner east on I-24, and was trying to make an illegal u-turn through the median. They say his trailer was blocking both eastbound lanes.

Police say Wayne Woodham, 57, of Ozark, Ala., was driving a 1998 Kenworth east on I-24 and hit the rear of Long's trailer.

Both trucks came to a final rest in the median.

According to KSP, Long's vehicle was overturned in the westbound lane of I-24 when Bill Carter, 39, of Bogart, Ga., driving a 2005 Freightliner westbound, saw another truck in front of him make an abrupt lane change and brake.

Carter said he also braked, his truck began to jack-knife and he counter steered into the left lane.

Police say Carter then collided with Long's truck, which was not occupied at the time.

Woodham was pronounced dead at the scene by the Lyon County Coroner's Office.

According to police, Long was injured, but Carter was not.

Police say the eastbound lanes of I-24 were closed for about 5 hours.

The crash is being investigated by a collision analysis team.

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