Time: 12:49 p.m.
Date: Friday, March 17, 2017
Location: Interstate 24 overpass over Lone Oak Road (U.S. 45)
Driver 1: Dalton M. Lampley, 23, of Calvert City, driving a 2007 Kenworth tractor and trailer east on Interstate 24
Driver 2: Murray L. Moore, 49, of Reidland Road, Paducah, driving a 1999 GMC pickup truck west on Interstate 24 (driver, no passengers)
Driver 3: Nancy G. Gilbert, 70, of Ledbetter, KY, driving a 2016 BMW west on Interstate 24 (driver, no passengers)
Driver 4: Teresita T. Jude, 46, of Huntsville, AL, driving a 2016 Toyota Camry west on Interstate 24 (driver, three passengers)
Driver 5: Albi Jelke, 50, of Huntsville, AL, driving a 2017 Nissan Rogue west on Interstate 24 (driver, four passengers)
Driver 6: Rostina Jatios, 42, of Tigard, OR, driving a 2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee west on Interstate 24 (driver, four passengers)
Driver 7: Abrielle Fischer, 18, of St. Louis, MO, driving a 2003 Jeep Liberty west on Interstate 24 (driver, one passenger)
Driver 8: Gracelynne M. Hamann, 16, of Silex, MO, driving a 2006 Ford Econoline van west on Interstate 24 (driver, six passengers)
Driver 9: Matthew B. Schmitter, 58, of Ringgold, GA, driving a 2003 Kenworth tractor and trailer west on Interstate 24 (driver, no passengers)
Paducah police officers have now determined the sequence of events in a series of collisions Friday afternoon that left nine vehicles damaged and six people injured on Interstate 24.
Officer Brian Kopischke reported a 2007 Kenworth tractor-trailer rig driven by Dalton M. Lampley was eastbound on the interstate and crossed the median, knocking down the median barrier cables, at mile post 5.2. He then proceeded east in the westbound lanes.
The remaining eight vehicles involved were all westbound.
Kopischke said the Kenworth hit head-on a GMC pickup truck driven by Murray L. Moore. The pickup truck came to rest in the median; Moore told officers he does not know what happened.
The Kenworth also hit head-on a BMW driven by Nancy Gilbert. The BMW spun around, and the rear of the car was hit by the Kenworth’s trailer. The BMW came to rest on the shoulder of the interstate, facing south. Gilbert also told Kopischke she does not remember the collision.
The Kenworth continued eastbound, driving half on the shoulder and half on the outside westbound lane. Teresita Jude said she was driving in the inside lane and braked when she saw the Kenworth coming toward her. Her Toyota Camry was hit in the rear by a Nissan Rogue driven by Albi Jelke. Jelke said she could not stop in time to avoid Jude.
Jelke’s Rogue then was hit in the rear by a Jeep Grand Cherokee driven by Rostina Jatios. Jatios said she could not stop in time to avoid Jelke.
Jatios’ Grand Cherokee then was hit in the rear by a 2003 Jeep Liberty driven by Abrielle Fischer. Fischer said she swerved to the left to avoid the on-coming Kenworth, and hit the Grand Cherokee in the rear. Her Liberty then was hit in the rear by a Ford Econoline van, driven by Gracelynne Hamann, and came to rest against the concrete wall on the shoulder of the overpass.
Hamann told Kopischke she was driving in the outside lane when she saw the Kenworth coming toward her in her lane. She said she swerved to the left to avoid it and hit the Liberty in the rear, then swerved back to the right after the Kenworth had passed. Her van came to rest on the outside shoulder of the overpass.
Finally, Matthew B. Schmitter was driving a Kenworth tractor and trailer west in the outside lane of the interstate and saw the other truck coming toward him. He said he swerved to the right to avoid it, and the other truck swerved into the inside lane just prior to hitting him. He said he swerved back to the left to avoid jack-knifing his truck and tractor, and his mirror clipped a dump truck passing him. He said that truck did not stop.
A short distance later, the original Kenworth truck crossed back across the median into the eastbound lanes. Sheriff’s deputies and Kentucky State Police troopers pursued the truck to Exit 25 at Calvert City. The truck eventually was stopped and the driver, Dalton M. Lampley, was taken into custody. He was charged Friday night by Paducah police with six counts of first-degree assault. He also faces numerous charges in Marshall County.
Injured in the accident were
They were taken to Baptist Health Paducah and Lourdes Hospital for treatment. Moore was taken by helicopter to Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville.