FRANKLIN COUNTY, Ky. (WDKY) – The eastbound lanes of Interstate 64 were closed for more than six hours Wednesday after a fatal crash near the 50-mile marker.
“We were just driving along, and then immediately I see the semi is airborne,” said Johnda Conley who called 911. “I was afraid everyone was dead. When you see a semi turning in the air, it’s pretty amazing.”
Franklin County Sheriff Pat Melton tells Fox 56 that the semi was traveling westbound on I-64 when it swerved to avoid a slow-moving vehicle. The sheriff says the preliminary investigation leads them to believe the driver of the semi, Joshua P. Canada-Love, 29-years old from Williamsburg, possibly suffered a medical emergency prior to the accident.
The semi crossed the median and hit an SUV in the eastbound lanes. The Franklin County coroner pronounced the man driving the SUV, now identified as 34-year-old Aubrey M. Hill of Lebanon, dead at the scene.
The sheriff’s office says an ambulance transported Canada-Love to Frankfort Regional Medical Center; they did not have a status on that man’s condition.
“Pay attention to the road ahead of you, not your phone, not your radio, not your kids or your family. Pay attention to your driving. I think that’s an important lesson on any of these crashes that we see,” Sheriff Melton said.
All lanes were back open by 6:15 p.m.