Ohio man killed in Whitley County I-75 semi-trucks collision

LONDON, KY - Kentucky State Police report a Fletcher, Ohio man is dead following a collision Saturday between his tractor-trailer truck and another at the 20 mile marker of the northbound lane of Interstate 75 in Whitley County.

The victim has been identified as 43-year old Kevin E. Buckalew. Trooper Mike Witt said Buckalew's tractor-trailer ran into the back of another tractor trailer driven by 46-year old Marvin D. Pendleton, Jr. of Millbury, Ohio.

Bucklew was reportedly wearing his seat belt at the time of the crash but was ejected from his vehicle. He was airlifted to the UK Medical Center in Lexington where he was pronounced dead.

Pendleton was uninjured. Police say he was northbound on I-75 and was slowing due to traffic when the collision occured tying up traffic for several hours.

Tpr. Witt was assisted at the scene by KSP Traffic Crash Reconstructionist Tpr. Jeff Anderson, Whitley County EMS, Whitley County Sheriff’s Office, Williamsburg Police Department, Whitley County Health Department, Oak Grove Fire Department, Three-Point Fire Department and Woodbine Fire Department. An investigation continues.


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  • by Donna Location: Ohiop on Sep 10, 2007 at 11:17 AM
    I am a aunt to the man that got killed in the truck accident on 75 please would someone out there tell us how this happened we need some answers this happen Sept 1 I would really appreciate it
  • by MIke Location: Whitten on Sep 2, 2007 at 09:01 AM
    I can't in good conscience, not say anything about this. There was a contributing factor to this accident. I was in the south bound lane and saw the accident as it was happening. Three emergency vehicles (police car, ambulance and bigger vehicle) were entering the north bound lane from the median and had traffic backed up toward the crest of the hill. That may not excuse the victim from failing to slow down, but if the emergency vehicles had turned around (south to north) at the overpass a few miles down the road, no one would have been stopped at that point to let the emergency vehicles onto the interstate.

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