Police say stove in road caused 4-vehicle wreck on I-24

Paducah police say four vehicles crashed on Interstate 24 westbound at 10:53 a.m. Thursday after a stove fell off a flatbed delivery truck. 

One driver involved in the wreck, 70-year-old Johanna DeNoo of St. Petersburg, Florida, told police she was driving west on the interstate when she suddenly saw a kitchen stove sitting in the roadway. DeNoo told officers she couldn’t avoid hitting it. 

Another car, driven by 21-year-old Hailey Malorey of Augusta, Georgia, stopped to avoid DeNoo. Police say Malorey’s vehicle was then hit in the rear by a car driven by 48-year-old William Collins of Vienna, Illinois. Collins’ car was hit in the rear by an SUV driven by 62-year-old Barry Travis of Boaz, Kentucky. 

Collins and Travis were taken by ambulance to Baptist Health Paducah, police say, and traffic was slowed at the wreck site — between the 3 and 4 mile markers — for several hours after the crash. 

The police department says the stove fell off a Yates Delivery truck, which subcontracts for Home Depot. Police say the driver told them he drove the flatbed to Metropolis, Illinois, and realized it was missing when he arrived. 

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