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

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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.

Matt Markgraf joined the WKMS team as a student in January 2007. He's served in a variety of roles over the years: as News Director March 2016-September 2019 and previously as the New Media & Promotions Coordinator beginning in 2011. Prior to that, he was a graduate and undergraduate assistant. He is currently the host of the international music show Imported on Sunday nights at 10 p.m.
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