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1 dead, 5 injured after crash on I-24 westbound in McCracken Co.

Published: Aug. 3, 2021 at 1:31 PM CDT|Updated: Aug. 4, 2021 at 12:45 PM CDT
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MCCRACKEN COUNTY, Ky. (KFVS) - One person died and five were injured in a multi-vehicle crash on Interstate 24 westbound.

According to the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet, westbound lanes of I-24 reopened around 11:15 p.m. on Tuesday, August 3.

The crash shut down the interstate between exit 3 and the Ohio River Bridge, heading into Illinois.

Westbound lanes of I-24 near the 2.4 mile point are blocked due to a deadly crash.
Westbound lanes of I-24 near the 2.4 mile point are blocked due to a deadly crash.(Google Maps)

According to Paducah police, the crash involved three tractor-trailers and three passenger vehicles.

They say it happened when one of the tractor-trailer trucks failed to stop and hit the rear of another tractor-trailer. A chain reaction followed, with one vehicle hitting the rear of the next and pushing it into the one in front of it.

Police said the driver of the first truck was killed, he had to be extricated from truck, and five people were taken to area hospitals with non-life-threatening injuries. Four others were reportedly not injured.

They said only one driver is from Paducah. The other nine people involved are from out of state.

According to police, there was a large amount of oil and diesel fuel spilled at the crash site, and a lot of debris, which added to the clean-up time.

KYTC reminded drivers this was near the entry point for an IDOT work zone that starts on the Kentucky side of the Ohio River. Traffic in the work zone is restricted to one lane.

Due to the extensive backup of truck traffic, KYTC said it may take another hour or more for the traffic congestion to clear.

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