Nicholasville police officer killed in crash

JESSAMINE COUNTY, Ky. (WTVQ) – Nicholasville Police Officer Burke Rhoads was killed in a three-vehicle crash on U.S. 27 Wednesday morning, State Police say. 

The crash happened around 7 a.m. on U.S. 27 near the Jessamine-Garrard County Line, according to officials. Rhoads was transported to University of Kentucky Hospital where he was pronounced dead. 

Troopers say it was very foggy when a white car pulled off Rogers Road onto U.S. 27. and hit the cruiser. The collision sent the cruiser spinning into incoming traffic, where it was hit by a black SUV. 

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Troopers say they don’t believe speed played a factor in the crash. They also say it’s too early to know if the fog played a part. 

According to State Police, four other people were taken to the hospital, the driver of the white car and two passengers who were in the black SUV. They are expected to recover.

Troopers tell ABC 36 News that the driver of the black SUV has serious leg injuries.

State Police’s collision reconstruction unit is on the scene. Troopers say they will be doing a very thorough investigation.

Troopers say the Nicholasville police officer was on duty and heading to training when the crash occurred.

Jessamine County’s Emergency Management Agency says in a post on their Facebook page, "We are saddened to report that an officer with the Nicholasville Police Department has lost his life in a motor vehicle collision earlier this morning. We ask for your prayers for his immediate and extended family of his NPD and the Emergency Response Community."

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.