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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  • by Lori Ann Location: Northern Ky on Aug 24, 2008 at 12:49 PM
    85 days without you and it still feels like yesterday that I got to see the light in your eyes, your sweet smile and hear your infectious laugh on such an exciting day. I miss you every second still but even though I've lost you, I am trying not to lose myself (the struggle has been a bitter one)!! Your memory is what helps me through the days. So, I hope that when people pass the crash site and see the cross, they do not think of the time they lost sitting in traffic, but I hope they remember you..Shane Fisk..and say a prayer for the other truck drivers that still have to pass by there knowing they lost a friend.
  • by Lori Ann Location: Northern Ky on Jun 7, 2008 at 08:47 PM
    I can't believe I am talking to a board like this and not whispering in your ear. We had finally found a love so real and it was a GREAT ride, driver. We were a day away from starting the rest of our lives together DAILY. I just hope that when people think of you, or other truckers on the road, they know that you were always a safe driver (not thrown from the truck but secure in your seat belt carrying flamable commodities)and would never jeopardize coming home safely to me and NEVER would've fallen asleep. And I will remember what you said to me last night....DON'T let the FACTS get in the way of YOUR opinion!! This man was one of the great ones. Throw up a prayer for the ones he left behind because they are the ones hurting. I know where he is....and I will see ya there, Homer.XOXO Be safe!
  • by Ali Location: Edgewood, KY on Jun 7, 2008 at 08:09 AM
    Shane you were my one true love. Thank you for encouraging me and inspiring me to accomplish everything that I have. I hated that things didn't work out for us but always knew it wasn't for a lack of love between us. I am grateful that after all was said and done I could still call you friend. You will ALWAYS be in my heart just as you said I would always have a piece of yours. May you live for eternity in the paradise of God's kingdom and I hope to see you there some day!
  • by concerned onlooker Location: NC on Jun 6, 2008 at 10:50 AM
    I heard of this accident. Amy, and/or Betty can you tell me more about Shane and his family? I saw that he was not married, but a mom and brother and sister?
  • by Amy Location: Florence KY on Jun 6, 2008 at 07:46 AM
    I know this may not be the time or place to say this, but you know what....I'm going to say it anyway. Goebel, who posted below, you should be totally humiliated for saying what you said. One of my BEST FRIENDS in the whole world, just lost her real true love in this accident and the only thing you can say is that they need to figure out how to handle freakin' traffic. Are you kidding me? You know, Karma is a *&*^% and you never know when that might just come back to bite you in the ____. You need to put yourself in their shoes and think how you would feel if you just read what we did. I can only hope that the friends and family of Mr. Shane Fisk, know that this comment was posted only with the best of intentions and know that Shane will be missed very deeply. He was a one of a kind person that will never be replaced. My thoughts and prayers are with everyone who knew this great great man.
  • by Mr Haney Location: Hooterville on Jun 4, 2008 at 12:17 AM
    Calling someone who just died in a fiery crash "The Grillmaster" is kind of callous.
  • by Jay Location: Escanaba on Jun 3, 2008 at 07:58 PM
    My wife and I offer prayers to the Semi-Driver's family. We were northbound on I-75 and were caught in the traffic jam. It took us three hours to travel four miles and the whole time we were hoping/praying no one was injured.
  • by Goebel Location: Lexington on Jun 3, 2008 at 06:58 AM
    Prayers to the family. That is totally insane to keep the interstate closed for that long. The state government needs to do something about keeping highways closed for outrageous long periods.
  • by Becky Boop Location: Cincinnati on Jun 2, 2008 at 05:02 PM
    Shane, You will be sorely missed! I will never forget you and the respect and love for others. You are the ultimate gentleman, class act! Thank you for being a wonderful man and making everyone who crossed your path feel like they have known you forever. You are the grillmaster! Most of all....Thank You for loving my friend. You are the love of her life.
  • by Bill and Lisa Conley Location: Covington, Ky on Jun 1, 2008 at 03:46 PM
    Shane, You will be missed! We love you. Northern Ky will never be the same.
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