Victim identified in Nicholas County crash

Published: Dec. 2, 2015 at 6:30 AM EST
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The deadly crash happened around 5:15 Wednesday morning on US 68, a time neighbors say there was extremely heavy fog and very low visibility.

"We did have heavy fog in the area this morning especially where we are here as we are close to the river," explained Trooper David Jones.

State Police believe that fog played a role in the crash.

Investigators say a white pickup driven by 45-year-old, Brian Phillips, of Pennsylvania was traveling north towards Maysville. While a black pickup driven by 46-year-old, Glenn Rouster of Augusta, Kentucky, was heading south in the other lane. Police say for some reason the two collided head on, flipping the white pickup on its side with the black truck ending up on the northbound shoulder.

The passenger in the black pickup also from Augusta, 45-year-old Brian McCann, died at the scene while both drivers were rushed to UK hospital.

Trooper Jones said, "It is a fairly straight stretch of highway. US 68 is not really curvy overall, with that being said it seems like when we do have a collision it is pretty serious due to the is a 55 speed zone."

Crews were out at the scene investigating and cleaning up the violent crash for more than 7 hours...hoping to piece together what exactly happened.

"We have not gotten to talk to the drivers yet. We will not be able to probably for several hours. Trying to figure out a situation like this, it is not real obvious what happened based on where the vehicles ended up at. That is why we use the reconstruction, looking at road marks and things like that," said Trooper Jones.

Police say the two men from Kentucky in the black pickup were headed into work when the crash happened.