PADUCAH, Ky. (KFVS) - Five people were injured in a three-vehicle crash that closed westbound lanes of Interstate 24 between mile markers 4 and 5 for about five hours on Monday night, May 25.
According to Paducah police, Whitney C. Barnes, 32, of Dodge City, Kansas, was driving a Ram truck west in the inside lane of I-24 when she reportedly lost control of the truck and it hit a guardrail. The truck then swerved into the path of a tractor-trailer driven west by Robert A. Rutherford, 54, of Centerville, Tenn.
Police say the semi-truck hit the Ram truck, and the Ram then collided with a Volkswagen Routan, driven west by Dewayne J. Visser, 43, of Paducah. The semi-truck jackknifed in the median.
All three drivers and two passengers were taken to an area hospital.
The westbound lanes of I-24 were closed until about 11:30 p.m. while the Paducah Police Department’s collision reconstruction team investigated, the three vehicles were removed and a large debris field was cleaned up.