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Semi Fire, Crash Snarls Traffic SB I-75 In Rockcastle

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ROCKCASTLE COUNTY, Ky. (LEX 18) -- A semi fire on Southbound I-75 caused some traffic delays just south of the Madison County border Tuesday. 

According to Kentucky State Police in London, the fire was close to mile marker 68 North of Mount Vernon.  The semi turned over and struck a passenger vehicle.

The crash happened around 4:00 p.m. KSP says that 27-year-old Derick Knuckles, of Corbin, was traveling south on I-75 in a cargo van when he struck the barrier wall and collided with a pickup truck driven by 57-year-old Douglas Bingham, of Flat Lick. KSP says the cargo van then hit a 2016 tractor trailer driven by Sean R. Harris of Oneida, Tennessee. 

"I think the rubber off his van got caught in the truck's tire, because you could hear something pop," said one woman in the car closest to the wreck. 

Investigators say that the passenger in the cargo van, 22-year-old Kenny Collier, of Somerset, was taken to Mount Vernon Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. The cargo van and tractor trailer caught fire.

"It was like blazing, and it was like pop, pop, pop, pop," She said. "I thought the whole truck was going to explode."

Traffic stayed backed up for several miles as drivers waited for nearly four hours before crews opened the road back up. Some, like Genevieve Ugalde and her husband, tried to make the most of the time. Both were headed to South Carolina.

"We are separated for some time, because he works down there and I travel a lot, so we had lots to talk about," Ugalde said. 

KSP says that all parties were wearing seat belts at the time of the collision and drugs and alcohol are not suspected factors in the crash. 

A viewer photo show black smoke in the sky and a significant traffic backup.

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