FRANKLIN COUNTY, Ky. (WKYT) - The eastbound lanes of Interstate 64 were closed for more than six hours Wednesday after a fatal crash near the 50-mile marker.
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"We were just driving along, and then immediately I see the semi is airborne," said Johnda Conley who called 911. "I was afraid everyone was dead. When you see a semi turning in the air, it's pretty amazing."
Franklin County Sheriff Pat Melton tells WKYT's Caitlin Centner that the semi was traveling westbound on I-64 when it swerved to avoid a slow-moving vehicle.
The semi crossed the median and hit an SUV in the eastbound lanes. The Franklin County coroner pronounced the man driving the SUV, now identified as 34-year-old Aubrey M. Hill of Lebanon, dead at the scene.
The sheriff says the preliminary investigation leads them to believe the driver of the semi, Joshua P. Canada-Love, 29-years old from Williamsburg, possibly suffered a medical emergency prior to the accident.
The sheriff's office says an ambulance transported Canada-Love to Frankfort Regional Medical Center; they did not have a status on that man's condition.
"Pay attention to the road ahead of you, not your phone, not your radio, not your kids or your family. Pay attention to your driving. I think that's an important lesson on any of these crashes that we see," Sheriff Melton said.
All lanes were back open by 6:15 p.m.