Crashes shut down I-24 Wednesday evening
MCCRACKEN COUNTY, Ky. — Two crashes invovling three vehicles on I-24 blocked westbound lanes of traffic near the 10 mile marker in McCracken County for about an hour Wednesday.
Thomas Burkhart of Hickory, Ky., was traveling west on I-24 in a Swinford Trucking semi when he said he noticed traffic slowing due to an accident just in front of him. Burkhart decided to take the emergency lane to avoid the traffic. However, due to the accident Burkhart was attempting to avoid, there was a vehicle parked in that lane. Burkhart struck a car occupied by Shelby Ward, from Kevil, Ky., Marlon Miniard, of Paducah. Both Ward and Miniard had to be freed by the Jaws of Life, and were both transported to Lourdes Hospital for non-life threating injuries.
Mr. Burkhart first stated that he thought his brakes failed and then later advised that he did not know what happened.
A third vehicle driven by Philip Renfro, from Carbondale, Ill., was also struck by Burkhart when the collision occurred. Burkhart struck the passenger side of Renfro's vehicle after the collision with Mrs. Ward's vehicle. Renfro was not injured in the wreck.
The Sheriff's Dept. was assisted by the Reidland-Farley Fire Dept. Speedys and Hippies twing companies assisted with towing and cleaning the roadway.