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Police: Teen Killed, 22 Injured When Semi Slams Into Vehicles In Western Kentucky

Posted at 6:39 AM, Jun 29, 2019
and last updated 2019-06-29 07:27:43-04

EDDYVILLE, Ky. (LEX 18) — State Police said a teen was killed and 22 other people were injured, some critically, when a semi-trailer truck slammed into nearly a dozen vehicles Friday in far western Kentucky.

Authorities said the crash occurred around 4:30 p.m. in the eastbound lanes of Interstate Highway 24 near Eddyville in Lyon County.

The Lyon County Coroner said 19-year-old Jace Ashton Lee Smothers, of Norton, Kansas, was killed in the crash.

Officials said 42- year-old Coleman A Strachman of Sharpsburg, North Carolina, was driving a semi when it slammed into traffic near the 51 mile marker, causing a chain reaction involving 12 vehicles.

“Witnesses’ state and early investigation indicates that inattention on behalf of the semi driver appears to be a contributing factor in the collision,” Kentucky State Police said in a statement.

Police said 22 others were injured in the crash, including two who were in critical condition.

Officials said Smothers was in a van registered to Christ in Youth Inc. in Joplin, Missouri.

KSP was continuing to investigate the crash.