TFC Jay Thomas
Public Affairs Officer
Kentucky State Police
Post 1, Mayfield
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Injury Crash on KY 996 in McCracken County, KY
Date of News Release: 06/05/2006
(Mayfield, KY) Casey Rae, and his passenger (17 year old juvenile) were traveling North on KY 996 near Paducah. Tpr. John Gabbard was traveling West on US 60 in the passing lane. Casey Rae stopped at the intersection of KY 996 and US 60. Casey Rae began to make a right turn onto US 60 East, but changed his direction and proceeded through the intersection on KY 996 Northbound through a red light. Tpr. John Gabbard traveling West arrived at this intersection at nearly the same time Casey Rae ran the red light. Tpr. John Gabbard had a green light as he went through the intersection. Casey Rae's front passenger side struck Tpr. John Gabbard near the driver's side front end causing impact. Casey Rae came to rest on the westbound shoulder of US 60. After impact, Tpr. John Gabbard went into a clockwise rotation and traveled in a Northwesterly direction. Tpr. John Gabbard went over an embankment prior to coming to final rest facing Northbound. The operator of Casey Rae was not injured. He was arrested for driving under the influence 1st offense aggravated, possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, disregarding a traffic light, assault 2nd degree. The operator of Casey Rae was then transported to the McCracken County Detention Center.
The passenger of Casey Rae was transported to the Western Baptist hospital in Paducah, where he was treated for his injuries and released. Tpr. John Gabbard was also transported to Western Baptist hospital where he was treated for his injuries and released. Mercy Regional EMS and the McCracken County Sheriff's Office assisted the Kentucky State Police with the accident.