PADUCAH, Ky. (KFVS) - I-24 eastbound in McCracken Co., is open following a two-vehicle crash.
Kentucky Transportation Cabinet, Paducah and Metropolis officials worked a crash on the interstate earlier on Wednesday, Feb. 13.
Officials said the road reopened at 9:30 p.m.
Crews closed the eastbound portion of the interstate at 7:15 p.m.
They cleared a crashed semi along I-24 eastbound at the 2mm on the Kentucky end of the 1-24 Ohio River Bridge..
According to KYTC, by noon all eastbound lanes were open at the 2 mile marker on the Kentucky side of the I-24 Ohio River Bridge between Metropolis and Paducah.
KYTC said a semi truck ran through a guardrail and down an embankment. The trick was driven by 63-year-old Joe L. Henry of Mississippi.
The truck was carrying food, according to officials. They off-loaded the truck’s contents at the scene.
According to officials with the Paducah Police Department, Henry told officers he was in the outside lane of I-24 when he say a passenger car behind him and to the left.
That car was being driven by 70-year-old Lloys A. Kidd of Metropolis, Illinois.
Henry told police he thought he had room to change lanes. As he began to do so, Kidd began to speed up to pass him. Police said Henry attempted to swerve back into the right lane, but Kidd ran off the road and into the median.
Kidd then swerved back onto the highway and the two vehicles collided.
Police said Kidd told them, he noticed the truck changing lanes and swerved to avoid a collision. Kidd said he was approaching a guardrail and drove back onto the highway to avoid hitting it.
Henry’s vehicle landed on its side down the embankment. Kidd’s vehicle began to smoke.
Police said when they arrived, both drivers were out of their vehicles.
Henry complained of pain on his right side, including his wrist. Kidd complained of pain on his left side and had a cut on his head. Police said both were taken to area hospitals for treatment.
According to KYTC, Fuel was leaking from the truck’s fuel tanks, and it needed to be removed as quickly as possible once the off-loading was finished.
According to police, one lane of the interstate was closed for some time, but reopened while crews off-loaded the semi truck’s contents.
Officials asked semi truck drivers to avoid the Brookport Bridge as a detour because it is restricted to a 15-ton load limit, a 9.5 ft. height limit, and an 8 ft. vehicle maximum width which prohibits most commercial trucks and all STAA trucks from crossing.