FRANKLIN COUNTY, Ky. (LEX 18) — A Berea woman and a man from Indiana were the victims killed Monday in a three-vehicle crash on Interstate Highway 64 near Frankfort, officials said Tuesday.
Franklin County Coroner William Harrod said 53-year-old Wilma Chambers, of Berea, and 64-year-old Allen Robey, of Bedford, Indiana, died in the crash.
Harrod said the cause of death in both cases appeared to be from injuries caused by the crash, but that a final report would take weeks.
He said Robey was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash, while Chambers was pronounced dead a couple hours later at Frankfort Regional Medical Center.
Authorities said the crash occurred about 9:30 a.m. in the westbound lanes of I-64 near mile marker 55.
Officials said a truck was stopped on a bridge for an unknown reason and a car pulled up beside it and also stopped. That’s when, according to police, a commercial semi was unable to stop and crashed into the vehicles.
Authorities said the drivers of the truck and car were killed. There were no other passengers. The driver of the semi was taken to an area hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, officials said.
Police said two dogs that were inside one of the vehicles survived but ran off.
Volunteers formed a search party Tuesday morning near U.S. Highway 60 and Cardwell Lane and were able to locate and capture both dogs.
Authorities said they were trying to determine why the truck was stopped on the bridge and believe it may have been experiencing mechanical problems.