Salyersville man dies in traffic backup crash on I-65

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ELIZABETHTOWN, Ky. (WTVQ) – A Magoffin County man traveling on I-65 in Hardin County Friday morning didn’t see traffic stopped ahead of him from a previous wreck and crashed into the back of a FedEx semi, according to Kentucky State Police.

The Hardin County coroner pronounced 42-year old Mickey Williams, of Salyersville, dead at the scene.

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KSP says traffic was at a standstill because of multi-vehicle crash that happened around 1:00 a.m. near mile marker 79.

State police say five semi-trucks and two passenger cars were involved in the initial wreck that led to the lengthy traffic backup.

Upon preliminary investigation, one of the passenger cars lost control and pulled into a semi’s lane, where it was hit, and then it was overturned and pushed into the path of another semi, causing a chain reaction, according to investigators.

The passenger of the first car and one of the truck driver’s were flown to University of Louisville hospital with what investigators say are life-threatening injuries.  KSP says both victims are in critical, but stable condition.  Their names weren’t released.

Six hours later, around 7:00 a.m., traffic was still backed up as investigators reconstructed the first crash.  Investigators say that’s when Williams ran into the back of the semi with tandem trailers.

I-65 from mile marker 76 to 86 was shutdown for 12 hours while KSP cleared and investigated the scene.

The Hardin County Sheriffs Office, Glendale Fire Department, Sonora Fire Department, Hardin County EMS, Elizabethtown Fire Department, Kentucky Transportation Cabinet and the Hardin County Coroners Office assisted KSP Post 4 at the scene.

The two crashes are still under investigation.