Time: 12:42 p.m.
Date: Friday, March 17, 2017
Location: Interstate 24 on the overpass over Lone Oak Road (U.S. 45)
Six people were injured early this afternoon in crashes caused by a truck going the wrong way in the west-bound lanes of Interstate 24.
Paducah police still are gathering information, but initial reports indicate a Waste Path trash truck was driving east in the west-bound lanes and struck numerous vehicles. It fled the scene and a short distance later, crossed the median and continued east in the correct lanes.
The vehicle refused to stop for officers and exited the interstate near Calvert City. A short time later, the vehicle crashed and the driver was taken into custody. According to a release from Kentucky State Police Post 1, the driver, Dalton Lampley, 23, of Calvert City, was charged with first-degree fleeing or evading police, first-degree wanton endangerment of a police officer, driving under the influence, first-degree possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamine), possession of drug paraphernalia and resisting arrest. Paducah police anticipate charging Lampley with multiple counts of first-degree assault.
In all, the Waste Path truck hit – or caused to crash – seven passenger vehicles and one semi-truck. Besides the six injured, there were 19 others in the vehicles. They were transported by Paducah Area Transit System busses to the Marshall Nemer Pavilion at Lourdes Hospital, where police department and hospital personnel were assisting them. One of the injured was taken by helicopter to Vanderbilt University Medical Center.
The Paducah Police Department wishes to thank the following for their assistance and cooperation: Paducah Fire Department, Paducah Emergency Communications Services Department, multiple law enforcement agencies, Lourdes Hospital, Baptist Health Paducah, Mercy Ambulance, PATS and multiple wrecker services.