Deadly Tractor Trailer Accident Closes I-64

By: Elizabeth Dorsett Email
By: Elizabeth Dorsett Email

One person is dead after a tractor trailer accident on Interstate 64 in Bath County early Tuesday morning.

Both east and westbound lanes were closed for two hours until the westbound lanes reopened around 8:00 a.m.

The eastbound lanes reopened just before 12:00 p.m.

The accident happened between exits 121 and 123 to Owingsville. Police are rerouting traffic onto US 60.

Police say the tractor trailer came upon a Chevrolet Cavalier stopped in the westbound lanes and rear ended it. The Cavalier had stopped because of a minor accident up the way. Police were in the process of re-opening the east-bound lanes. Investigators say the tractor-trailer came over the crest of a hill and simply could not stop before hitting the car. The tractor trailer over-turned and crossed the median into west bound lanes, narrowly missing an on-coming semi.

The man inside the Cavalier died. Officers have not released the man's name; they've only said he's local. Two people inside the tractor trailer went to the hospital.

Police think dense fog at the time may have contributed to the accident.

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  • by judi Location: Mass Rte 128 on Jun 15, 2009 at 01:17 PM
    My son was hit and run in 8-2000.The tractor trailor never stopped.,we assumed he never knew he hit my son...the back end of the truck threw my son up against a guard rail,it was pouring,the truck was pulling in front of my son in the fast lane. My son is now 27 and because it was a hit and run there was no ins. available because he was in a Co. Van...he was only 17...He has extensive brain Injury....I would only ask this individual come forward out of concern for my son's condition ,for help from who ever he was working for.The Ins. would help my son and after all these years an apology for taking his life as he knew it, away....broken mother
  • by Still Very Sad I was the first wreck that morning Location: Mount Sterling on Apr 4, 2009 at 09:12 PM
    No one needs to be mad a the trucker, I was the first on to hit the bridge, then I, started flpprd my 4 RUNNER a total of four times,I had major head trauma,from puttingmy head imprimt on the roof top, The only thing taht kept me in my car was my seatbelt.I coulnd,t see anything, and the noises I Heard did not make any sense,I was thol later that they were affraid i was going go in the river, my 4 Runner was reswting on the edge of the bridge.I still travel that road every day and break down knowing that some lost their life, algong with the trucker that him has a different pain. On that morning my life changed and some of my life stop.Even thouh is was not anyones fault, just a stupid accident, There wer NO- Drug,Alachol on either on of us. Just a stupid accident that happened,and onlu God know why, But I will say one thing, I know for a fact that GOD was with me after a couple days later when my vision returned, the only seat and window no touched was the one I was beltrd too, Amen!!
  • by Stacy King Location: Bath County on Aug 27, 2008 at 05:16 AM
    I knew Kenny but not well... I know his twin Penny... She is my bus driver and I love her and this wreck hurt her so bad.... But he was a good guy and he was a great friend...
  • by Henry Location: Lex on May 15, 2008 at 06:26 PM
    Response to Catie / Morehead. The trucker is ultimatedly responsible. He new there was something wrong ahead and pulled out to pass. He had to be aware there was fog. He had to be able to see it He should have slowed down but he pulled out to pass!!
  • by Catie Location: Morehead on May 15, 2008 at 01:33 PM
    I Agree With Kenny's Son's Girlfriend You Shoudn't Blame The Truck Driver Truckers Can't Stop On A Dime And It Was Caused By The Fog So Whoever Is Posting Smart Comments You Better Stop And Whatch What You Say. Because I Am Family To Kennys Two Kids
  • by part of the family Location: morehead on May 15, 2008 at 08:14 AM
    Im dating Kennys son and have been for quite a while. My dad has nothing to do with me and Kenny has been like a father to me for almost 3 years now. If he was here he wouldnt want anyone to be blaming the truck driver. He was a truck driver and he loved being one. He understood how it was to drive out there. I loved him so much and over 2000 ppl showed up to his viewing. and for everyone on here trying to blame someone and making inapporiate comments for a time like this...God simply thought it was his time to go. Its just sad it had to happen like this. Also you need to know that everything anyone says gets found out by the family. We have heard a lot of things. So be careful what you say.
  • by Preacher's Kid on May 15, 2008 at 07:06 AM
    What does the truck driver being a preacher have anything to do with it? I've seen many a preacher who don't practice what they preach; my dad as one of them. They can be some of the most contradictory people in the world. Just because you are a preacher doesn't mean you are without fault.
  • by Little Old Me on May 15, 2008 at 05:02 AM
    This is for "maybe Location: ky on May 14, 2008 at 12:35 PM" I know enough about trucks to know that some truckers drive faster than the posted speed limit, ride the bumpers of anyone who gets in their way that IS DRIVING THE SPEED LIMIT, and they have two sets of logs. I didn't say all, but quite a few out there do. Yes, people driving cars speed as well but a car WILL NOT demolish an 80,000 pound truck. What do truckers drive on their off time? I doubt it's an 18 wheeler so now they fall into two categories don't they? I'm 62, never had an accident in my life, drove truck for 15 years and don't speed; never have. I figure the first time I do speed, I would be the one that got caught which is why I don't do it, plus, those signs are posted for a reason.
  • by Prayer Location: somewhere USA on May 14, 2008 at 03:50 PM
    Dear Heavenly Father- In this trying times, people make their own opinions and statements and come to their own conclusion. But we know you have the answers and the reasonings of why such terrible accidents happen. Knowing the truck driver, who is also a preacher, and his kind tender heart along with his wife's, and Mr. McKenzie and his family---I pray for the healing of all involved. Accidents are tough for all involved and we can only pray that we do the best we can in your name in everything we do.
  • by Doug Location: London on May 14, 2008 at 01:34 PM
    As a truck driver myself I will have to say that they are some trucks that go to fast. But look at all the cars that do it also. I have said it before the a lot of times the people that cause the accident in the first place never know they caused an accident and continue on their way. To blame a truck with out knowing all the details that went on is very wrong. I take a accident investigation team of many several days to come up with an answer to what happened and some of you cracker jack know it all can figure out what happened sitting behing you computer in a few minutes. AMAZING!! Also I would challenge every one to SLOW DOWN!! Just watch traffic in any given stretch of road and you will see cars and pickups SPEEDING with their phones in their ears. That is the major problem todays drivers are facing. DESTRACTED DRIVERS!!!!!!!


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