I-24 Re-opens 8 Hours After Semi Truck Crash
By West Kentucky Star Staff
PADUCAH, KY - Traffic on Interstate 24 returned to normal Monday evening, about 8 hours after a semi truck crash near exit 11. A Frankfort man was seriously hurt in the accident.

The McCracken County Sheriff's Office says deputies and other emergency crews responded shortly before 10 am to a semi crash on I-24 about half a mile west of exit 11. Deputies said 51-year-old Joe B. Wood of Frankfort was driving west when for unknown reasons he drove off the road and through the cable barrier. The semi then traveled down an embankment and into a creek, where the trailer split open, spilling a load of refrigerated meat.

Wood was trapped in the semi for about 30 minutes after the crash before being freed by firefighters. His injuries were described as significant, and police say he may have been flown to an out of state hospital for treatment.

Westbound traffic was restricted to one lane at the scene until about 6 pm, and there were some intermittent closures on the eastbound lanes when crews removed debris from the scene. 

The Kentucky Transporation Cabinet said an environmental clean-up crew had set up lights and was continuing to work in the median between the bridges to treat the oil spill created by the crash.

Published 06:11 PM, Monday Dec. 04, 2017
Updated 05:50 AM, Tuesday Dec. 05, 2017

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