The drivers of a passenger car and a tractor-trailer were treated at local hospitals after a crash Wednesday morning sent both vehicles off Interstate 24 just west of Exit 3 and down a grassy embankment.
Truck driver Joe Henry, 63, of Carthage, Mississippi, told Paducah Police Officer Josh Bryant that he was in the outside lane of the interstate and saw a car behind and to the left of his tractor-trailer, but thought it was far enough back to change lanes. As he began to do so, Henry said, the car began to speed up to pass him. He said he tried to swerve back into the right lane, but the car – a Buick Lucerne driven by Lloyd A. Kidd, 70, of Metropolis, Illinois – ran off the road, into the median, then swerved back onto the highway and the two vehicles collided.
Kidd told police he noticed the truck changing lanes and swerved into the median to avoid a collision. He said he was approaching a guardrail, and drove back onto the highway to avoid hitting it.
According to police, the truck landed on its side down the embankment and the Buick stopped nearby and began smoking. When officers arrived, both drivers were out of their vehicles. Henry complained of pain on his right side, including his wrist, and was taken to Baptist Health Paducah for treatment. Kidd complained of pain to his left side and had a cut on his head, and was taken to Mercy Health Lourdes Hospital for treatment.
One lane of the interstate was closed for some time, but reopened while crews off-loaded the trailer’s contents where it laid. Both westbound lanes were expected be closed again Wednesday evening when the wrecker service recovered the truck and trailer from the embankment.