Semi crashes, catches fire on I-75 in Rockcastle County

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ROCKCASTLE COUNTY, Ky. (WKYT) - Southbound lanes of Interstate 75 were blocked for hours Tuesday after a fiery three vehicle crash between a tractor trailer, van and pickup truck.

It happened around 4 p.m. at mile marker 68 on I-75 between Mount Vernon and Berea in Rockcastle County.

State police say the van was traveling south on I-75 when the driver, identified as 27-year-old Derick Knuckles of Corbin, hit the construction barrier wall and hit a pickup truck.

Troopers say the van was then hit by the tractor trailer, which caused both vehicles to catch on fire.

Officers on scene say the tractor trailer's company is Cordell Transportation and traveling from Dayton, Ohio to Lincoln, Alabama. Officers say the tractor trailer was carrying automotive parts and the truck is a total loss.

Troopers say a passenger in the van, identified as 22-year-old Kenny Collier of Somerset, was taken to Mount Vernon Hospital with injuries that are not life-threatening.

Troopers say drugs and alcohol are not considered factors in the crash and all passengers were wearing seatbelts at the time of the collision.

WKYT News Reporter Monique Blair spoke with drivers who were stuck in traffic for more than four hours.

“There are barriers on this side and a fence on this side- so nobody can possibly go across the median to try and turn around or anything," Jeff Baugher said.

"Our truck is back about a quarter mile and you could actually see fire and smoke coming up over the bridge we’re on," Christopher Bonham said.

Many drivers said they understood the traffic mess, as it was a serious accident that resulted in a significant cleanup process.

“I just hope everybody’s alright," Bonham said.

The road reopened shortly after 8:00 p.m.

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