Downtown Morganfield Building Collapses After Crash

Authorities in Morganfield confirm a building has collapsed in the downtown area due to a vehicle crash Wednesday afternoon.

Posted: Jul 21, 2021 4:53 PM
Updated: Jul 23, 2021 9:31 AM

Authorities in Morganfield confirmed a building collapse in the city's downtown area due to a crash on Wednesday afternoon.

Officials say a woman was driving down Main Street in Downtown Morganfield when she lost control of her car, due to a blood sugar issue.

“She was traveling up west main, and she had a medical emergency," siad chief Rick Millikan of the Morganfield Fire Department. "We don’t know if she passed out completely or what happened. She glanced off of another car in the intersection and that threw her into the front of the building.”

Upon impact, The corner building began crumbling from the bottom up. Thankfully, this building was vacant at the time of the accident.

“Everyone was out of the building whenever it happened," said Millikan. "The workers had been in it earlier in the day, but they were out of it at that time.”

And resident in Morganfield are astonished by all that happened on Wednesday.

“Oh yes, everybody is talking about it," said Gayle McLeod. "Everybody Is talking about it. I’d have to say it’s pretty wild.”

Officials are urging drivers to follow the detour around South Morgan and West Main Street as the building has suffered significant damage.

The building's owner told 44News he bought the building around six months ago, and that he was in the early stages of renovations.

Officials have began cleaning up the debris off the road, but they say it may still be a few days until highway 60 and 130 are back open.

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