Johnson County Man Dead In Highway 80 Crash

A Johnson County man is dead after his pickup truck rear-ends a coal truck on Highway 80.

It happened around 6am Tuesday morning near the Knott-Floyd county line.

The driver of the coal truck told police he saw the pickup truck pulled over on the side of the road as he passed by, then saw the truck pull out and drive into the back of his truck.

30-year-old Brian Ratliff of Volga was pronounced dead at the scene.

“I knew it was going to happen before it happened. I seen him coming and I hit my brake lights, I had my four-ways on, and I just don't know, he never seen them,” says James West of DANCO Trucking.

Police suspect Ratliff may have been under the influence of drugs, but they are waiting for autopsy results to be sure.

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