TFC Stu Recke
Public Affairs Officer
Kentucky State Police
Post 2, Nortonville
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Injury Collision on I-24 in Christian County
Date of News Release: 07/29/2008
Madisonville, KY - Charlotte Lawton was operating a 2004 Honda Pilot eastbound on I-24 traveling in the slow lane (right lane). Arturo Lopez was operating a 2008 Kenworth eastbound on I-24. Mr. Lopez was attempting to pass Mrs. Lawton. While he was passing, his vehicle swerved into Mrs. Lawton's lane and made contact with her vehicle. The initial contact forced Mrs. Lawton's vehicle to the right side of the roadway. While attempting to regain control of her vehicle, Mrs. Lawton overcorrected and the vehicle struck Mr. Lopez's vehicle. Mrs. Lawton's vehicle exited the right side of the roadway and overturned coming to rest on its top. Mrs. Lawton and one of her passengers (Shamekia McDowell, Ger-ra McClure, Taylor Lawton & Morgan Lawton) were transported to the Jenny Stuart Medical Center for treatment. Mr. Lopez and his passenger, Rodolfo Rodriquez, were not injured. All subjects were wearing seatbelts.