Fiery crash closes SB I-75 in Rockcastle County

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MOUNT VERNON, Ky. (WTVQ) – A fiery crash closed all southbound lanes of I-75 in Rockcastle County Tuesday afternoon, according to State Police.

Investigators say 27-year old Derick Knuckles, of Corbin, was driving a cargo van south on I-75 near mile marker 68, when the van struck a construction barrier wall and collided with a pickup truck driven by 57-year old Douglas Bingham, of Flat Lick.

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The cargo van was then struck by a tractor-trailer driven by 39-year old Sean Harris, of Oneida, Tennessee, according to KSP.

The cargo van and semi both caught fire and were a total loss, according to investigators.

A passenger in the cargo van, 22-year old Kenny Collier, of Somerset, was taken to a hospital in Mount Vernon with non-life threatening injuries, according to State Police.

No other injuries were reported, according to KSP.

Investigators say drugs and alcohol are not suspected factors in the accident and that everyone involved was wearing a seat belt.

Traffic was diverted from I-75 Exit 77 in Berea down US 25 to Exit 62 in Mount Vernon.

All southbound lanes of I-75 reopened around 8:30 p.m., according to emergency dispatchers.