2 killed, several others injured in wreck on I-24 near Pennyrile Parkway
CHRISTIAN COUNTY, KY – State police say the nine-vehicle wreck that closed part of Interstate 24 from Monday morning through very early Tuesday claimed the lives of two women.
Kentucky State Police investigators say the wreck that happened near mile marker 80 of I-24 West in Christian County claimed the lives of two women who were traveling in a 2015 Ford F-150 pickup truck.
Troopers say traffic was backed up at that site due to an earlier crash when a tractor-trailer driver was unable to stop in time to avoid hitting the stopped vehicles ahead.
The semi, driven by 39-year-old James Lee of Mulberry, Tennessee, crashed into the Ford F-150, which was occupied by three women from Waukon, Iowa. The impact pushed the Ford into the trailer of a different semi that was stopped ahead.
Troopers say 55-year-old Mary Engrav, who was driving the Ford, was pronounced dead at the scene by the Christian County coroner. A rear passenger in the Ford, 58-year-old Joan Lyons, was flown by an Air Evac helicopter to Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, where she later died from her injuries. A woman who was sitting in the front passenger seat, 61-year-old Barbara Winters-Kelly, was taken by ambulance to Tennova Medical Center in Clarksville, Tennessee. Troopers say Winters-Kelly’s injuries were not life threatening.
After hitting the Ford, Lee’s semi swerved into the left lane and hit a 2014 Chevrolet car driven by 79-year-old Ronald Logan of Lomax, Illinois, a Honda driven by Lawrence Boykin and a Kia Optima driven by 29-year-old Alicia Sheerer of Princeton, Kentucky. Troopers say Logan, Boykin and Sheerer were taken by ambulance to Jennie Stuart Medical Center in Hopkinsville. Troopers say their injuries were not life threatening.
Those vehicles continued to collide with other vehicles stopped ahead.
Troopers say a 2011 Toyota car driven by 67-year-old Robert Kellogg Jr. of Hendersonville was hit. He was taken by ambulance to Jennie Stuart Medical Center for treatment of non-life threatening injuries.
A 2014 Honda passenger car driven by 69-year-old Wayne Goerss of St. Charles, Mississippi, was hit. Passenger Kathy Goerss, 67, was taken to Tennova Medical Center for treatment of non-life threatening injuries.
The driver of a commercial vehicle that was hit in the crash was not injured in the collision.
Lee was taken to Jennie Stuart Medical Center for treatment of injuries troopers say were not life threatening.
KSP says the investigation into the crash is ongoing.