TFC Jay Thomas
Public Affairs Officer
Kentucky State Police
Post 1, Mayfield
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Several Injured in a Collision on I-24
Date of News Release: 08/03/2013
(Mayfield, KY) -- On August 3rd, 2013 at 1:23pm, Marcia Hadden 53, of Russellville, KY, was operating her 2010 Hyundai Accent east on I-24 near the 37 mile marker, with passengers Tony Mayes (53) and Brandon Prince (21), also of Russellville, KY. Hadden crossed the Interstate 24 median and struck a 2012 Chevrolet Equinox head-on. The Equinox was operated by Kimberly Douglas (47) of Henderson, KY, with two juvenile passengers (14 and 15 years old).
Both vehicles sustained severe damage during the collision with air bag deployment. After extrication, Hadden was airlifted by Vanderbilt Lifeflight to Vanderbilt Hospital in Nashville; Hadden is now in stable condition. Tony Mayes was transported to Lourdes Hospital due to his injuries. Brandon Prince was transported to Baptist Health Paducah to receive treatment. Kimberly Douglas was also extricated from her vehicle and then transported to Lourdes Hospital.
After the initial collision, Kimberly's vehicle traveled into a semi tractor trailer being driven by Sandra Bruner (50) of Radcliff, KY. Bruner was carrying passenger Clyde Bruner (43). Neither driver nor passenger of the semi truck sustained any injury.
After striking the Chevrolet Equinox, Hadden's Hyundai continued to travel east in the west bound lanes of I-24 and collided with another vehicle head on. The vehicle struck was a 2013 Chrysler 200 Enterprise rental car being operated by Lora Dietmeyer (58), of Springfield, OR. Dietmeyer did not sustain any injuries during the collision.
A 2006 Saturn Ion was also involved in the collision and being operated by Stephanie Strazzabosco (20) of Princeton KY. Strazzabosco stated she swerved to miss the collision, but was struck by the rear end of Dietmeyer's vehicle, causing moderate front end damage to her vehicle and also damage to the rear end of Dietmyer's vehicle. Strazzabosco was transported to Lourdes Hospital, where she was treated and released. Strazzabosco was cited for operating a vehicle while her operator's license is suspended.
No life threatening injuries were sustained during the collision. The cause of the collision has yet to be determined, but according to witnesses, the vehicle had been all over the roadway traveling at varying speeds. The west bound lanes of I-24 were closed for approximately 1 1/2 hours, while the east traffic stayed open to one lane.
The Kentucky State Police was assisted on scene by the Lyon County Sheriff Department, Livingston County Sheriff Department, Eddyville Police Department, Lyon County EMS, Marshall County EMS, Mercy Regional EMS, and Vanderbilt LifeFlight, Kuttawa Fire/Rescue, Palma/Briensburg Fire/Rescue, Eddyville Fire/Rescue, Lyon County Rescue, and the Princeton Fire Department. The investigation is continuing by Trooper Brad Ramsey.