NTSB investigating I-65 crash in Kentucky

| Monday, March 29, 2010

More information is emerging about the trucker who died in a cross-over crash Friday, March 26, which killed 11 people in Kentucky. Kenneth Laymon, 45, of Anniston, AL, was driving for Hester Inc. of Fayette, AL.

His 1999 Freightliner was pulling a dry van loaded with brake drums when it crossed the median on Interstate 65 near Munfordville, KY, early Friday morning. The truck hit a 15-passenger van carrying a Mennonite family and several friends, killing 10 of the occupants. The truck then hit a rock wall and exploded in flames.

Investigators from the National Transportation Safety Board say tread marks indicated Laymon may have hit his brakes just before slamming into the van.

The Bowling Green Daily News reported that Hester Inc. had a clean safety record.

The NTSB says its investigators will interview Laymon’s family and try to reconstruct his activities leading up to the wreck.

Laymon’s sister is quoted as saying that he was a dedicated family man, with four children, and that he used to train others how to drive trucks.