TFC Jay Thomas
Public Affairs Officer
Kentucky State Police
Post 1, Mayfield
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Injury Crash on I-24 in Trigg County
Date of News Release: 08/29/2007
(Mayfield, KY) - Operator Jose Diaz Delgado was east bound I-24 approaching the East Adams Mill overpass when, for unknown reasons, the vehicle left the roadway. Mr. Delgado traveled into the median and struck the face of a crash attenuator attached to the bridge abutment. The vehicle ricocheted off the guard rail and was deflected back into the roadway, where it came to final rest partially blocking the inside east bound lane of the Interstate. Mr. Delgado suffered a near-amputation of his left hand, and was transported by Trigg County EMS to Cadiz, and subsequently flown by Air Evac to Vanderbilt Hospital, Nashville. Lack of pre-impact steering or braking would indicate Mr. Delgado may have fallen asleep while driving. Kentucky State Police was assisted by the Montgomery Fire Department and Trigg County Rescue. One lane of I-24 was shut down for approximately 1 hour.