Communities across the listening area are mourning the loss of a Webster County teen, whose young life was tragically cut short early this morning in a single-vehicle wreck in Union County.
Kentucky State Police troopers are investigating the collision that occurred just after 2:00 am Sunday around the 1500 block of Kentucky 492 outside Morganfield.
According to police, the preliminary investigation revealed that 19 year old Maxwell McMain, of Morganfield, was driving a 2013 Dodge Durango west on KY 492, when for an unknown reason, he lost control causing the car to
overturn multiple times. Police say McMain and his passenger, 16 year old Kaci Wood, of Sebree, were not wearing their seatbelts and were ejected from the vehicle.
KSP reports Wood was pronounced dead at the Union County Hospital a short time after the crash. McMain is at Deaconess Hospital in Evansville, IN. listed in stable condition.
Authorities indicate another passenger in the vehicle, 20 year old Jacob Hood of Morganfield, was wearing his seatbelt and was not injured in the wreck.
Although the investigation is in its early stages, KSP says investigators have not ruled out the possibility of speed and/or alcohol as a contributing factor.
A KSP Collision Reconstructionist and KSP detectives were on-scene today investigating and inspecting the vehicle and collision site. The investigation is on-going.
Troopers with the Kentucky State Police; Union County Sheriff’s Department; Union County Coroner’s Office and Union County EMS assisted at the scene.
A statement released on the Webster County Lady Trojans Softball Team’s Facebook page about the tragic loss of their teammate reads, “Every single player on this team has lost a piece of their heart today… Please keep the Wood family and the Lady Trojan Softball team/coaches/and even parents in your thoughts and prayers!”
Many high school softball teams across western Kentucky have posted their condolences on the Webster County Lady Trojans Softball teams Facebook page.
Grief counselors were on hand at the Webster County High School’s library this afternoon for students and staff members, according to a post on the Webster County Public Schools’ Facebook page.
The WMSK Staff would like to send out our condolences to the family and friends of Kaci Wood.