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Sheriffs department releases details about Thursday wreck near Brookport Bridge

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View of the scene of the wreck Thursday night from North 8th Street in Paducah. View of the scene of the wreck Thursday night from North 8th Street in Paducah.
MCCRACKEN COUNTY, KY -

The McCracken County Sheriff's Department has released information about a wreck that blocked both lanes on the U.S. 45 Ohio River Bridge, also known as the Brookport Bridge, Thursday night. 

Deputies and first responders were dispatched for an injury accident at 8:36 p.m. Thursday. The sheriff's department says initial reports were that a car had crossed the guardrail of the bridge, but the crash actually happened in the sharp curve just before the bridge.

The sheriff's department says the curve is by the Smoke Shop on North 8th Street. Deputies say a 2004 Chevrolet Malibu driven by 32-year-old Jessica Whitaker of Brookport, Illinois, was headed south at a high rate of speed before the wreck. They say that as the car approached the sharp left curve it drifted off the right side of the road, drifted sideways, and slid through underbrush. 

Deputies say the car narrowly missed several large trees and the guardrail, but it continued to spin before traveling backwards and came to rest on top of the dirt floodwall. 

The sheriff's department says Whitaker was taken to Baptist Health Paducah for treatment of her injuries and that she was cited for operating a motor vehicle under the influence on the first offense, reckless driving, no registration plates, and failure to wear a seat belt. The department says alcohol and speed contributed to the wreck. 

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