Paducah man crashes into public transit bus; arrested for DUI

Paducah man crashes into public transit bus; arrested for DUI
Zachary M. Collier (Source: Paducah Police)

PADUCAH, Ky. (KFVS) - A Paducah man was arrested for driving under the influence and crashing into a Paducah Area Transit System bus on Thursday, May 14.

According to Paducah Police, Zachary M. Collier, 36, of North 32nd Street was driving a 2009 Honda Accord west on Kentucky Avenue, when his car ran a red light and hit a Paducah Area Transit System (PATS) bus broadside.

Police were called at 11:48 a.m. to the intersection of South 6th Street and Kentucky Avenue.

Tracey Lampley, the driver of the PATS bus, told police she had a green light. She was driving into the intersection when her bus was hit in the passenger side by a 2009 Honda Accord.

A witness confirmed Lampley’s account of the wreck.

A passenger was taken by ambulance to a local hospital for neck pain.

Collier was taken to a local hospital for treatment of injuries.

He was issued citations for driving under the influence, disregarding a stop sign, failure to produce an insurance card, first-degree criminal mischief and possession of an open alcoholic beverage container in a motor vehicle.

Collier was also charged with a DUI and other offenses on Tuesday, May 12.

In that incident, Collier was driving a pick-up truck when his truck ran off the road and hit a tree, landscaping and a sign at BB&T Bank, 1601 Broadway.

At that time, Officer Jarrett Woodruff found an open container of alcohol in the Collier’s pick-up truck.

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