2 dead after chase leads to crash on U.S. 60 in McCracken Co.

Two people are dead after a chase led to a crash on U.S. 60 on Monday, August 2.
Two people are dead after a chase led to a crash on U.S. 60 on Monday, August 2.(WLOX)
Published: Aug. 3, 2021 at 12:45 PM CDT|Updated: Aug. 3, 2021 at 10:45 PM CDT
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MCCRACKEN COUNTY, Ky. (KFVS) - Two people are dead after a chase led to a crash on U.S. 60 on Monday, August 2.

According to Kentucky State Police, the McCracken County Sheriff’s office asked them to investigate a crash at the intersection of U.S. Highway 60 and Cairo Road involving a vehicle that was fleeing from deputies.

The initial investigation showed 27-year-old Lamont X. Young of De Soto, Ill., was driving a 2015 Honda Civic and fleeing from a McCracken County sheriff’s deputy after they tried to arrest him.

McCracken County Chief Deputy Ryan Norman said in a released report that detectives conducting a drug investigation tried to arrest a Cairo man for delivering a large quantity of methamphetamine at a hotel on the 5100 block of Cairo Road.

He said the detectives tried to keep the suspect from leaving the parking lot, but he was able to maneuver around them and drive west onto Cairo Road.

Once they were able to catch up to the suspect, the detectives said he began throwing large amounts of meth from the vehicle as continued to travel on Cairo Road.

The detectives report they were able to keep an eye out for the suspect as they drove into less populated areas where their was sparse traffic.

As they neared U.S. 60, they slowed their pursuit in an attempt to decrease the pressure on the suspect.

A detective said when he rounded the curve leading up to U.S. 60 he saw the suspect’s vehicle crash into an eastbound SUV. This was near the entrance to the Barkley Regional Airport.

According to KSP, as Young was going westbound on Cairo Road toward the intersection of U.S. 60, he failed to stop at a traffic light and hit a 2017 Ford Explorer driven by a 60-year-old Cunningham, Ky. woman who was going eastbound on U.S. 60.

Detectives say they immediately began to treat the injured drivers, but the woman was pronounced dead at the scene by the McCracken County coroner.

Troopers say Young was airlifted from the scene and taken to a Nashville hospital. He died from his injuries early Tuesday morning.

It was the second of three crashes on U.S. 60 on Monday.

The crash investigation is ongoing by the Kentucky State Police Critical Incident Response Team and the Kentucky State Police Post 1 Reconstruction Team.

U.S. 60 near the 6 mile marker was closed for about 3.5 hours.

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