Two Injured on I-24 After Man Drives Through Cones
By WestKyStar Staff
PADUCAH, KY - An accident involving three vehicles on Interstate 24 Saturday sent two women to the hospital and stalled traffic for nearly 45 minutes.
Around 9:50 pm Saturday, McCracken County Deputies were dispatched to an accident in the westbound lanes of I-24 near the 10 and 11 mile markers.
Richard Griffen of Dunwoody, Georgia, who was driving a 2008 Dodge Caliber, told the deputies that he did not realize the work zone had cones in place to direct traffic from the left lane into the right. Griffen drove his car through the cones into the construction area. He said when he realized what he had done; he applied his brakes and drove back into the correct lane which put him directly in front of a 2000 Toyota Avalon driven by Deana Jackson of Mayfield.
Jackson told deputies that she saw Griffen go into the construction area and then drive back in her path. She said she braked and quickly swerved onto the shoulder to avoid a collision, but Jackson was unable to avoid striking Griffen.
Upon impact with Griffen, Jackson was subsequently rear-ended by a 2013 Ford Focus driven by Deborah Jones of Paducah. Jones told deputies that she noticed the brake lights in front of her, and like Jackson, applied her brakes and swerved onto the shoulder as well. However, her attempt at avoiding the crash was unsuccessful and she struck Jackson.
Mercy Regional EMS transported Jones and Jackson to local hospitals for treatment of non-life threatening injuries.
The accident created a traffic delay for approximately 45 minutes while crews investigated, cleaned up and realigned traffic cones in the transition section of the work zone.
The McCracken County Sheriff’s Department would like to urge motorist to use extra caution while traveling through the construction on Interstate 24.
The Reidland-Farley Fire Department, Mercy Regional Emergency Medical Services, Randy’s Towing and Jim Smith Contraction assisted the McCracken County Sheriff’s Department at the scene.