July 16, 2008

Tractor-Trailer Crash Hospitalizes Teen

By Shelley Byrne, The Paducah Sun, Ky.

Jul. 16--As a helicopter circled overhead, West McCracken volunteer firefighters worked frantically freeing a La Center teenager from where he was pinned in his sport utility vehicle Tuesday morning.

After 30 minutes, firefighters lifted James Reynolds, 19, onto a spine board and stretcher and loaded him into an ambulance. The ambulance took him to a waiting PHI helicopter, which landed at the U.S. 60 and Hobbs Road intersection about a quarter mile away. Deputies halted westbound traffic so the helicopter could land on the highway.

By Tuesday night, Reynolds was in stable condition at Deaconess Hospital in Evansville, Ind., a hospital spokeswoman said.

McCracken County deputy sheriffs said Reynolds was driving east on U.S. 60 near Rice Springs Road about 7:45 a.m. when he crossed the center line and hit a Wagner Moving & Storage tractor-trailer head-on. The tractor-trailer tore through a guardrail, with the cab coming to rest off the road. The driver, Randell Boyd, 54, of Hickory emerged unscathed.

Mercy Regional Emergency Medical Service took Reynolds' passenger, 18-year-old Jodi Pendleton, to Western Baptist Hospital with multiple injuries. Pendleton was treated and released.

U.S. 60 remained closed about 31/2 hours following the wreck.

Sun photographer John Wright contributed to this report.

Shelley Byrne can be contacted at 575-8667.



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