UPDATE: Ohio man killed in Rockcastle County accident on I-75

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UPDATE, 12:30 P.M., AUG. 13, 2020

ROCKCASTLE COUNTY, Ky. (WTVQ) – A 56-year-old Ohio man was killed early Thursday morning when the car he was driving was struck by an 18-wheeler on I-75 southbound.

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According to the Kentucky State Police Commercial Vehicle Enforcement division, Officer Erik Stallsworth found a 2016 Volvo tractor-trailer operated southbound by 23-year-old Hardeep Singh, of Ontario Canada, struck a 2016 Kia Soul driven by 56-year-old David Thornton, of New Carlisle, Ohio.

That crash sent Thornton’s car into a Ford pick-up driven by 51-year-old Malcom Campbell, of Toledo Ohio.

Drugs and alcohol are not suspected factors in the crash.

Thornton was pronounced dead on the scene by the Rockcastle County Coroner’s office.

Traffic continues to be redirected at exit 76 in Berea to US25 south as emergency and clean-up crews continues working at the scene for debris removal. That could continue until 2 p.m. or later.

Assisting on scene: KSP/CVE, Rockcastle Co Sheriffs Office, Mount Vernon Police and Rockcastle Co Coroner. Officer Erik Stallsworth continues the investigation.

ORIGINAL STORY

MT. VERNON, Ky. (WTVQ) – At least one person has been killed and accident reconstructionists still are working a three-vehicle accident on I-75 southbound in Rockcastle County.

According to the Mt. Vernon Fire Department, the crash happened at about 5 a.m. at the 68 mile marker and involved an 18-wheeler and two other vehicles, both of which were heavily damaged after being struck by the big rig.

All lanes remain blocked as of 8:30 a.m. Southbound traffic is being diverted at exit 76 at Berea to U.S. Highway 25 and then back on at exit 62 at Mt. Vernon-Renfro Valley.

Northbound lanes are open.

Details about the perso who died or the other drivers have not been released.

Mt. Vernon Police and Fire, the Rockcastle County Emergency Management, Sheriff’s Department and Coroner, and the Kentucky State Police all responded.