Deadly Tanker Truck Accident Shuts Down I-75

Police say a tanker truck carrying liquid sulfur crashed into a UPS Freight semi along I-75 in Madison County at around 3 a.m. Friday.

The tanker was headed northbound when it crossed the concrete barrier, hitting the UPS Freight truck in the southbound lanes near the 76 mile marker killing the UPS driver, 35 year old Johnny Dopp..

The tanker overturned.

The northbound lanes are open now in Madison County but police tell us they estimate the southbound lanes won't be re-opened again until some time between 2 this afternoon and 6 o'clock this evening.

Officials say the liquid sulpher spill has been contained and there's no danger to the public.

Associated Press Story
Blown tire leads to deadly collision on I-75

BEREA, Ky. (AP) - A Tennessee man died Friday when two tractor trailers collided on Interstate 75 in central Kentucky, police said.

UPS truck driver Johnny Dopp, 35, of Jacksboro, was killed Friday when an out-of-control, airborne tanker crossed a concrete median barrier and struck his vehicle head-on, Berea Police Capt. Ken Clark said.

The southbound lanes of the interstate were still closed in the afternoon, Clark said.

The driver of the tanker, Arthur Mays, 54, of Blakely, Ga., was not injured, Clark said.

The tanker was traveling north at 2:50 a.m. EDT when a left front tire blew out, causing Mays to lose control, Clark said. The truck, loaded with liquid sulfur, struck the barrier and became airborne, Clark said. It landed in the southbound lanes and skidded some 200 feet before hitting the UPS truck, he said.

Berea is 40 miles south of Lexington.

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