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1 dead, 1 injured in 3-vehicle crash on I-24

Updated: May. 26, 2021 at 9:02 PM CDT
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PADUCAH, Ky. (KFVS) - An Alabama man died and another man was injured in a crash involving two tractor-trailer rigs and a small SUV.

Paducah police say they were called to the crash on Interstate 24 near the 3.3 mile marker around 11:25 a.m. on Wednesday, May 26.

Westbound Interstate 24 is closed at Exit 3 in Paducah, Ky. due to a crash.
Westbound Interstate 24 is closed at Exit 3 in Paducah, Ky. due to a crash.(Google Maps)

A witness told officers that a Honda CR-V was in the right lane and trying to pass stopped traffic when the driver lost control.

According to the preliminary police report, a tractor-trailer, driven by 65-year-old Herman Woodley, hit the CR-V in the passenger side and shoved the SUV into the back of a tractor-trailer driven by 32-year-old Kote Chkheidze, which was stopped in traffic.

The driver of the CR-V was pronounced dead at an area hospital.

Woodley was taken to an area hospital with minor injuries.

Police said Chkheidze and his passenger told them they were not injured and did not require medical treatment.

Woodley told police he stopped at a hill and saw the vehicles, but could not stop in time to avoid the crash.

The westbound lanes of I-24 were closed for more than three hours.

The Paducah Police Department’s collision reconstruction team is investigating.

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