Ohio Man Dies In Fiery Crash On I-75 In Rockcastle County

A fatal fiery crash caused a major traffic slowdown on I-75 early Wednesday morning. The Kentucky State Police says it happened around 12:44am at the exit 76 southbound in Berea. Troopers say they were there assisting in a roadway closure on the interstate due to work zone construction in Rockcastle County. Police say a motorhome approached on highway 21 and intentionally ran through barriers and construction barrels and entered onto I-75. Officers attempted to stop the motorhome but the operator, later identified as 67 year old John McCoy of Ohio, refused to stop and continued traveling southbound. Officers conducted a rolling roadblock to bring the motorhome to a stop, but McCoy intentionally struck a police vehicle and continued traveling southbound towards the highway 1505 overpass which was blocked with heavy construction equipment. McCoy struck two sky lifts head-on and motorhome immediately became engulfed in flames. Officers tried to get McCoy out of the vehicle but were quickly overpowered by the flames. McCoy was pronounced dead at the scene by the Rockcastle County Coroner’s Office. An autopsy has been scheduled for Thursday. The investigation is continuing.