Five Injured in Fiery I-24 Crash
By WestKyStar Staff
PADUCAH, KY - Five people were injured in an accident that closed the westbound lanes of Interstate 24 at Cairo Road for more than half an hour Friday afternoon.
According to Paducah Police, 21-year-old Taylor Gower of Paducah said she was traveling westbound and missed her exit at Cairo Road. She then saw the vehicle in front of hers brake, but when she applied her brakes her car began to slide, hitting the rear of a pickup driven by 39-year-old David Garren of Salem, IL.
Both vehicles began to spin, and Gower's car hit the passenger side of a car driven by 43-year-old Brandi Fuller of Paducah. Garren's truck landed in the median of the highway.
When Paducah Police Officer Ryan Burrow arrived on the scene, witnesses were cutting away the airbag in Gower's vehicle in an attempt to clear space for her to breathe. Gower's car then caught fire, and Burrow used the fire extinguisher from his cruiser to extinguish the flames in the engine compartment.
Paducah firefighters had to extricate Gower from her vehicle.
Gower, Fuller, Garren, and two passengers in Garren's car- 19-year-old Mykell Wilson of Salem, IL, and 19-year-old Mackinzi Griffin of Southplains, TN- were taken to Paducah hospitals for treatment. A passenger in Fuller's vehicle, 45-year-old John Fuller of Paducah, did not seek medical treatment.