WPSD chief engineer in critical condition after motorcycle wreck

A local man is in critical condition after a motorcycle wreck Thursday morning.

It happened just west of the intersection at U.S. 62/Blandville Road and McCracken Boulevard in Paducah. 

The McCracken County Sheriff’s Department says 54-year-old Joey Gill, of Wickliffe, was operating a Red 2009 Kawasaki KLR650 motorcycle eastbound on Blandville Road, just west of McCracken Boulevard. His front tire failed and separated from the rim, which caused him to lose control of the motorcycle. He was ejected into the path of an oncoming Ford F-150, operated by 42-year-old George Petty, of Paducah. 

The sheriff’s department says Petty didn’t have time to react, and hit Gill. 

Gill, who is the chief engineer at WPSD, was treated at the scene by Mercy Regional EMS for injuries we’re told were "serious" and "incapacitating." He was taken to Lourdes hospital before he was flown to Deaconess Hospital in Evansville, Indiana. 

We’re told Gill was wearing a helmet, but still suffered a serious head injury.

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