Crash on I-24 was hit-and-run, investigators say

MCCRACKEN COUNTY, KY — Investigators say a wreck that injured two people on Interstate 24 east in McCracken County Friday morning was a hit-and-run.

The crash happened at the 8 mile marker of I-24 east. The McCracken County Sheriff’s Department says the driver of a vehicle that hit two SUVs fled the scene.

When the wreck happened, deputies were already in the area because of a previous collision. The sheriff’s department says the deputies saw what happened and stopped the driver, who they identified as 22-year-old Theerapat Watsamrong of Paducah.

One of the SUVs that was hit was occupied by a Paducah woman, 34-year-old Autumn Keegan, and her 2-year-old son. The other was driven by 47-year-old Traci Dawes of Granite City, Illinois, who was with passenger 52-year-old Deann Elhers of Fallon, Missouri. Deputies had to extract Elhers from the SUV, and she and Dawes were taken to Mercy Health Lourdes Hospital. The sheriff’s department says the two women’s injuries were not incapacitating, and Keegan and her child were not injured.

I-24 east was down to one lane for about 45 minutes because of the crash. Reidland-Farley Fire Department and Mercy Regional EMS responders assisted deputies at the scene.