A wreck involving two tractor trailers and five vehicles resulted in the death of on Iowa woman and eight other injuries, Monday morning. Mary Eagrav, 55, of Waukon, Iowa, died from her injuries Christian County Assistant Coroner Zack Lamb confirmed to the New Era.
Westbound traffic on Interstate 24 is still blocked, but Eastbound traffic has resumed. KSP said traffic would be blocked on the Westbound side for several more hours. The accident occurred slightly before 10:30 a.m. Although Kentucky State Police are still investigating the cause of the crash, Christian County Emergency Manager Randy Graham released some details.
Before the fatal accident, Christian County Sheriff’s Deputies were responding to a non-injury accident at the 79 mile marker of Interstate 24, on the westbound side, Graham said. The fatal accident occurred at the 80 mile marker of the same road, totally engulfing one semi truck in flames, and burning another semi truck and two other vehicles.
A passenger truck and two other vehicles were also involved in the crash, although they did not burn. In addition to the fatality, eight other injuries were reported by Hopkinsville Fire Department Public Information Officer Lieutenant Michael Pendleton. It is not clear at this point what caused the fatal accident.
Fort Campbell assisted in the accident response, along with emergency response teams from multiple other municipalities. A medical helicopter has taken one injured person to a hospital. Ambulances have taken others injured at the site to Jennie Stuart Medical Center Gateway Medical Center in Clarksville.