Truck Driver in Hospital for Life-Threatening Injuries After Collision on I-24

Jun 13, 2017

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A collision on Interstate 24 involving two semi trucks Tuesday morning has one man in the hospital for life-threatening injuries. 

According to a Kentucky State Police report 55-year-old Ronald Irick of Springfield Missouri traveling east left a roadway and struck a guardrail. His trailer then struck the rear of the trailer of 62-year-old Miguel Esparza of Laredo, Texas.

Irick then overturned in the median where he was trapped until fire and rescue teams freed him through mechanical means. He was treated by local EMS and then airlifted to Deaconess Hospital in Evansville for life-threatening injuries.

Irick was not wearing a seatbelt. Esparza was wearing a seatbelt and is uninjured.

Kentucky Transportation Cabinet says one of the trucks was hauling steel which scattered across the road. The crash near Ky 295 between I-24 Exit 40 and the I-24/I-69 Exit 43 Interchange blocked traffic in both directions for much of the afternoon Tuesday. The road was cleared before 3 p.m.

An investigation is ongoing.