Jonathan Roark, 34, and Toby Caudill, 41, both killed in chain-reaction crash involving several semi-trucks on I-75 near Mount Vernon, KY
Modified Date:Thu, 08/06/2015 - 12:28pm
Accident Date:Tuesday, May 19, 2015
Some of the drivers involved involved in the crash told WKYT that traffic stopped because of construction farther down the interstate.
Christopher Tucker witnessed the wreck. He told WKYT-TV that traffic was at a standstill when he heard brakes screeching and looked into his rearview mirror to see an explosion.
"He was very passionate about being a soldier," said former classmate and close friend Cody Messer. "He loved being a soldier, that was something he was really passionate about."
Just after 1:00 p.m., witnesses say that traffic slowed on southbound I-75 due to construction down the road. Apparently, the driver of a FedEx tractor-trailer, identified as 41-year-old Toby Caudill, did not slow down fast enough and rear-ended a truck in front of him, causing a chain-reaction crash that affected a total of six semi-trucks and one passenger vehicle. Caudill was killed in the collision. The passenger vehicle was crushed between two trucks, and its driver, identified as Jonathan Roark, 34, was also pronounced dead.
Topics:Rear-End Collisions, Pileup, Special Circumstances - Commercial Vehicle, Accident Type - Commercial Truck Accident, Fire
City:Mount Vernon, KY
County:Rockcastle County, KY