Fatal Accident

Dec 7, 2012 2:19 PM

Police Release ID Of Truck Driver Killed In I-71 Accident

Kentucky State Police have released the identity of the driver in Friday morning's fatal tractor trailer crash on I-71 in Gallatin County.

The driver has been identified as Johnny Sherard, 54, from Anderson, South Carolina. Police say their preliminary investigation shows that the tractor trailer driven by Sherard left the right side of the interstate and struck the end of a bridge overpass near mile marker 63. The tractor trailer became seperated and the truck portion landed on Tapering Point Road, below I-71.

The trailer stopped in the south bound lanes of the interstate. Sherard, who was not wearing a seat belt, was partially ejected and pronounced dead at the scene by the Gallatin County coroner. The wet roadway surface is believed to be a factor in the crash.

A crack in the overpass caused by the crash was examined by the Kentucky State Road Department and was found to not have caused any structural damage.

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