An Illinois family traveling Interstate 24 late on the night of June 22 lost an 11-year-old son when their vehicle was hit by another car heading the wrong direction on the interstate in Lyon County.
According to Kentucky Police, the fatality occurred when Jose Antonia, 29, of Whitehouse, Tennessee, entered the eastbound lanes of I-24 from Exit 45 heading west. His 2003 Ford Mustang collided head-on at the 44-mile marker with an eastbound 2004 Chevrolet Malibu driven by Aaron Durham, 45, of Cairo., Illinois. Both vehicles reportedly quickly caught fire as a result of the collision.
Durham and three of his juvenile children in the Malibu were transported to Mercy Health-Lourdes Hospital in Paducah by Lyon County EMS. A fourth child, Christian Durham, 11, suffered fatal injuries as a result of the collision and was pronounced deceased at the scene by the Lyon County Coroner. All occupants were wearing their seat belts at the time of the collision.
Antonia was also transported to Mercy Health by Lyon County EMS for treatment of his injuries.
The eastbound lanes of Interstate 24 were closed for approximately 4 hours until just after 3 a.m. the following day. No further details on the incident were available.
Accident reconstructionist Trooper Mike Ray is investigating the collision and partially closed a segment of the interstate Tuesday to gather more information. The investigation continues.
State police was assisted on scene by Lyon County Sheriff’s Department, Lyon County Rescue Squad, Lyon County EMS, Lyon County Coroner’s Office and Eddyville Police Department.