Name released in deadly tractor-trailer accident in Fayette County

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - The Fayette County coroner has released the identity of a man killed when the tractor-trailer he was driving in went off the roadway and crashed into an embankment over Elkhorn Creek.

Officials say the accident appears to have happened sometime early Saturday morning or Friday night. Crews located the scene while investigating reports of a blue substance in Elkhorn Creek near Bryan Station and Briar Hill roads.

While tracking the origin of the substance they located the scene of a tractor-trailer wreck. Officials with the Lexington Fire Department say the driver, identified as 28-year-old Vitaliy Rushchak of Warren, Michigan, likely went off the road off of I-75 around mile marker 110 before landing over the bed of Elkhorn Creek.

"We're waiting on the coroner's investigation to determine what happened. Whether the driver had some sort of medical problem, perhaps or fell asleep. We just don't know what happened at this point," says Battalion Chief Joe Best, with Lexington Fire.

While investigators wait for answers, clean up crews are working around the clock to make sure your water supply isn't impacted by the spill.

"The truck also spilled a quantity of diesel fuel. We were able to trace that spill to its terminus and catch it on Old Paris Pike before it got into Scott County," says Best.

Firefighters don't believe the blue pellet they are a threat but they do expect it to take days to filter them out of the creek.


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