State Police said a 79-year-old man is lucky to be alive after he crashed a massive RV along US 421 in Madison County.
Troopers responded to US 421, better known as Battlefield Memorial Parkway, for a crashed recreational vehicle around 10 a.m. Thursday.
When first responders got to the scene, they found a large tree branch inside the RV and the driver pinned inside.
Investigators said the accident started when the RV struck the mirror of a dump truck passing it in the other direction, causing a chain-reaction crash.
The driver then reportedly lost control of the vehicle and went off the roadway. According to police, he then struck a gas line, struck a large tree branch, crashed through a stone wall, went back onto US 421, and finally came to a stop, blocking both lanes of traffic.
Officials said because of proximity of the crash to the Bluegrass Army Depot, military police and fire crews were first on the scene and helped try to get the man unpinned from the RV.
Madison County fire and rescue crews arrived a few minutes later and used the Jaws of Life to cut him out of the wreckage.
The driver was taken to University of Kentucky Hospital in Lexington with non-life threatening injuries. Kentucky State Police Trooper Robert Purdy said the driver is lucky to be alive.
The ruptured gas line was quickly shut down by gas crews and it didn’t pose a danger, according to fire crews.
State Police said it was unknown why the driver of the RV lost control. They are still investigating.