A three-vehicle accident on I-75 near Williamsburg late Monday afternoon claimed one life.
Whitley County Coroner Andy Croley pronounced the male victim, 27-year-old Tyler L. Armacost of Franklin, Indiana, dead at the scene.
Armacost was driving a Ford Explorer north along I-75 when he lost control of the vehicle, crossed the median just north of the three-mile marker and struck not one, but two semi trucks shortly after 5 p.m.
“He struck an 18-wheeler in the back wheel knocking the wheels off. He spun around and was struck again,” Croley said.
The victim, who apparently was wearing a seatbelt, was ejected through the passenger’s side of the vehicle and was pronounced dead at the scene.
“We don’t know whether alcohol was a factor. I do know weather was definitely a factor causing the wreck,” Croley said.
Kentucky State Police Trooper Duane Foley and Croley are investigating the accident.
South Whitley Volunteer Fire Department Chief Wayne Honeycutt said that both semi drivers were shaken up but otherwise uninjured.
Whitley County Sheriff’s Sgt. Ken Shepherd, Deputy John Hill, Whitley County EMS and members of the South Whitley Volunteer Fire Department and Williamsburg Fire and Rescue assisted at the scene.
The accident had traffic in the southbound lane reduced to one lane for nearly two hours.
For additional details about the accident, see Wednesday’s edition of the News Journal.