Fiery crash shuts down I-75

A fiery crash on the interstate in southern Kentucky leads to a big traffic nightmare for drivers.

The crash happened Monday morning on I-75 in Whitley County at the 14 mile marker, just north of Williamsburg.

We're told a semi truck, heading north, crossed the median and slammed into another semi truck in the southbound lanes. The trucks burst into flames.

One person was pronounced dead at the scene and another was airlifted to the hospital. There's no word yet on their identities or the extent of the injuries.

For a time, both directions of I-75 were shut down, but the northbound lanes are now back open.

Police are detouring southbound drivers through Williamsburg. If you can, avoid the area. It may be a few more hours before the scene is clear,


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  • by Charity Location: Hartwell, Ga. on May 28, 2009 at 10:26 PM
    I would like to thank everyone for their prayers & words of encouragement. I find comfort in knowing that my husband made a difference in someones life.I also find comfort,peace,joy, & love in our Savior Jesus Christ.I pray for all the truckers that run up & down these highways daily.It's a tough job. Families I say to you Love like there's no tommorrow. Don't take for granted you can do things tomorrow.Tomorrow is promised to no one.Forgive quickly, be slow to anger.
  • by greg Location: elberton on May 28, 2009 at 10:02 PM
    i personally did not know Tony.but i have the same occupation as he did.And by other post on here and by his wife,he seemed like a very christian person,and i am so very sorry for this tragic accident,i was up i kentucky when this happened but not around this area...and i totally agree they should have those cable barriers in the median like they do down here..i believe that would have possibly saved his life.but it was all up to the good lord and the good lord called him by home to be by his side.And im going to pray for his 4 boys and his wife.because i can possibly imagine what they are going through right now.i am so sorry for his families lost but i know he served the lord right...im keeping his family and friends in my prayers.God Bless to you all
  • by Suzy Barnes Location: TX on May 27, 2009 at 12:41 PM
    I met this wonderful God fearing man after I married one of his closest friends. My heart goes out to his wife Charity and his boys. My husband was also a truck driver and I cannot even express to know what the family is going through except that I know your husband is right there in heaven. I will always remember the prayers that he said with me and my husband and the all the encouraging words and verses from the bible that he shared with us. He truly is an angel and we will miss him dearly. God Bless this family and continue to pray for the strenght and comfort that is needed in their time of loss.
  • by Charity Location: Hartwell, Ga. on May 25, 2009 at 10:39 PM
    My husband was the driver that lost his life in this accident.He was a very loving & devoted husband who had learned to put our Lord Jesus Christ first.He love his 4 boys, his Mom, me & people in general.Most of all he loved Jesus. I dont know exactly what happened in this accident, but I do know it was God's will.My husband was a very skillfull driver who could back a truck anywhere. He left home at 6am after a full nights sleep,so he did not fall asleep. If he had control of the siuation he would have hit the bridge before hurting someone else.My husband never met a stranger & if you talked to him for more than 5 minutes he was sure to tell you something about the Lord. He wasn't perfect & didn't profess to be,he didn't judge people, he prayed for everybody. He knew the Lord & was in hot pursuit of his seat in the Kingdom. I find comfort in knowing that tony is in heaven & will continue the job he started by telling somebody about Jesus daily. I will see him again one day.
  • by mary Location: hartwell ga on May 23, 2009 at 04:19 PM
    my thoughts and prayers go out to the hill family. his children will need the strength of the family to get through this tragedy
  • by Mary Location: Williamsburg on May 21, 2009 at 08:34 AM
    My neices was to cars behind this truck, they were coming home and got off l-75 about a mile before the accident happened, the truck was driving fine. For some reason there are quite a number of accidents in that area. From reading the comments from the people that knew the guy he was a good man. People that dont have a truck driver in their family probably dont know that after driving so many hours they have to stop and rest/sleep for a number of hours. My prayers are with this mans family, God Bless you.
  • by John Location: NE Georgia on May 20, 2009 at 02:43 PM
    Tony your work was done for our Lord and Savior. Peace be with you and you will always be in our hearts.
  • by Heather Location: Hartwell on May 20, 2009 at 02:05 PM
    Those who know Tony realize how much he will be missed. He brought joy everywhere he went and God light shown through him always. God has a special angel by His side now. We loved him dearly and his family is precious to us, please pray that God will give them the strength to carry on. P.S- m.j- just for info Tony was very responsable driver and left his house from his family at 6 am that morning. Please consider someonlses feeling before you post things that you have no idea what the facts are. I will pray for heart, and your mind that you may see more in tragedies than your personal views about people you dont know. May God be with you.
  • by Missy, Johnny, & Tad Location: Commerce, GA on May 20, 2009 at 01:54 PM
    Tony was a God Loving and God Serving man! He would be crushed to know someone else was hurt! Keep his family in your prayers.
  • by Charlene Location: GA on May 20, 2009 at 10:42 AM
    Tony was such a sweet person, and we will miss him dearly. Please keep his family uplifted in prayer!!!! God knows all and sees all!! God Bless!!
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