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Deadly Crash Shuts Down I-75

By: Cynthia Ibarra Email
By: Cynthia Ibarra Email

A deadly crash backs up traffic on I-75 in southern Kentucky for most of the day. A semi ran off the road in Whitley County, near the Tennessee border. The truck then crashed and burst into flames. Crews spent twelve hours working to clean up the mess.

It was a horrifying sight for many drivers along I-75 who witnessed an 18-wheeler go up in flames with the driver was trapped inside.

A pile of warped metal is all that is left of a tragic accident that took the life of a truck driver heading northbound near the 4 mile marker in Whitley County early this morning.

Police say the cargo the driver was hauling might have contributed to the fire in the truck.

"He was carrying flammable items... everything from paint, ladders and lawnmowers that we think contributed to the fire," Trooper Mike Whitt said.

A bulldozer was brought in to help remove the melted mess from the highway causing quite a back up until about 2 o'clock this afternoon.

The Whitley County coroner confirmed the truck driver was 40-year-old Shannon Lee Fisk of Covington. It appears he died when he was thrown out and pinned under the truck.


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