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HOPKINSVILLE, Ky. (CLARKSVILLENOW) – Two people were killed in a fiery nine-car pileup on I-24 near the 80 mile marker in Christian County Monday morning.
Kentucky State Police (KSP) said the Christian County Sheriff’s Department was working a crash on I-24 westbound near the 79 mile marker. The westbound lanes were closed and traffic was backed up to the 80 mile marker.
James Lee, 39, of Mulberry, TN was driving a 2000 Freightliner tractor and semi-trailer on I-24 westbound when he approached the stopped traffic. Lee was unable to stop and hit a 2015 Ford F-150 in the right lane. The F-150 was driven by Mary Engrav, 55, of Waukon, IA. Passengers included Barbara Winters-Kelly, 61, of Waterville, IA and Joan Lyons, 58, of Waukon IA.
Engrav was pronounced dead at the scene by the Christian County Coroner. Winters-Kelly was transported by ambulance to Tennova Medical Center in Clarksville, TN for non-life threatening injuries. Lyons was flown by AirEvac helicopter to Vanderbilt Hospital in Nashville,TN, where she died from her injuries.
The impact of the crash caused Engrav’s vehicle to hit the rear trailer portion of a 2016 Freightliner tractor and semi-trailer stopped in front of her. The Freightliner was driven by Jeffrey Bartlett, 64, of Gray, GA. Bartlett was uninjured.
Lee’s vehicle then swerved into the left westbound lane, hitting a 2014 Chevrolet passenger car driven by Ronald Logan, 79, of Lomax IL, a Honda passenger car driven by Lawrence Boykin, and a Kia Optima driven by Alicia Sheerer, 29, of Princeton, KY. All three drivers were transported by ambulance to Jennie Stuart Medical Center for non-life threatening injuries.
The vehicles continued to collide with stopped vehicles, hitting a 2011 Toyota passenger car driven by Robert Kellogg Jr., 67, of Hendersonville, TN, a 2014 Honda passenger car occupied by Wayne Goerss, 69, and Kathy Goerss, 67, of St. Charles, MS, and into another commercial motor vehicle driven by Jason Higgins, 44, of Elkton, KY.
Kellogg Jr. was transported by ambulance to Jennie Stuart Medical Center for non-life threatening injuries, Goerss was transported to Tennova Medical Center for non-life threatening injuries, and Higgins was uninjured.
The vehicles involved in the crash came to rest in the westbound lanes of I-24. Kellogg Jr.’s and Sheerer’s vehicles were near Lee’s semi when it burst into flames, but all three were able to exit their vehicles thanks to the help of bystanders.
Lee was transported to Jennie Stuart Medical Center, where he was treated for non-life threatening injuries.
The crash remains under investigation by the KSP.
Clarksville NowClarksville Police Chief Al Ansley and Mayor Kim McMillan presented proclamations Feb. 1 to Officers Donald Gipson and Darren Koski for their heroic actions to remove a man from a burning house. On Friday the officers also received Medals of Valor from Chief Ansley. (Photo: City of Clarksville)