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Driver's coughing fit causes car to hit house, tree, street signs

(Source: McCracken Co. Sheriff's Dept) (Source: McCracken Co. Sheriff's Dept)

A coughing fit led to a car smashing into a house and a tree near Paducah Friday morning.

The McCracken County Sheriff's Department received a call about a car hitting a house at 9:51 a.m. Friday.

Jeffery Johnson, 57, of Paducah said he was driving northbound on Old Mayfield Road when he started coughing and must have passed out.

When he woke up, he saw he had hit a tree and a house at the corner of Forsythia Drive and Old Mayfield Road.

According to the McCracken County Sheriff's Department, Johnson's 1994 Honda Accord had been traveling northbound and crossed the center line.  It crossed Forsythia, hit a stop sign and street sign, then it struck the southwest corner of the house at 107 Forsythia causing damage to the house. The impact from hitting the house caused it to travel west approximately 30 feet before hitting a tree. 

Johnson was assisted to the porch where he waited until medical personnel could arrive. He was taken to a local hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

The road remained open.

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