All I-24 lanes open; crash site cleared of semi, herbicide barrels

All I-24 lanes open; crash site cleared of semi, herbicide barrels
According to the McCracken County Sheriff’s Office, the driver of a semi, hauling barrels of herbicide, fell asleep at the wheel and crashed into another semi tractor-trailer. (Source: McCracken County Sheriff's Office)

MCCRACKEN COUNTY, Ky. (KFVS) - A crash involving two semi tractor trailers shut down shut down one eastbound lane of Interstate 24 for several hours Thursday morning, March 26.

The crash happened at approximately 12:41 a.m. at the 17 mile marker at the McCracken-Marshall County line.

According to the McCracken County Sheriff’s Office, the driver of a semi, hauling barrels of herbicide, fell asleep at the wheel and crashed into another semi tractor-trailer.

Both vehicles ended up on the south side of I-24.

Barrels of herbicide were scattered along the roadside.

The driver hauling herbicide, Ricardo Contrearas of Donna, Texas, was transported to a local hospital and later flown to an out of state hospital for possible incapacitating injuries.

Agents with the EPA were at the scene of the crash to help make arrangements to have the area cleaned up. A limited number of the herbicide barrels were damaged in the crash.

The sheriff’s office said the public was not in danger and the crash was not considered a hazardous incident.

KYTC warned drivers that clean-up of the scene would take at least four hours.

The site was cleared at about 10:20 a.m., with all lanes of I-24 open.

The McCracken County Sheriff’s Office was assisted by Mercy Regional Ambulance, Reidland Fire Department, Department of Emergency Services, Environmental Protection Agency and Lent’s Towing.

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