FedEx driver ID'd in fatal I-75 crash

By Greg Grisolano, Land Line staff writer | Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Authorities have released the identities of a FedEx Ground driver and another motorist who were both killed Tuesday, May 19, in a chain-reaction crash involving six tractor-trailers and a passenger car on Interstate 75 in Rockcastle County, Ky.

The trucker, Toby Caudill, 41, of Glenford, Ohio, and the driver of the passenger car, Jonathan D. Roark, 34, of Barbourville, Ky., were both pronounced dead at the scene, according to a news release from the Kentucky State Police.

The crash occurred just after 1 p.m. in the southbound lanes of I-75 near Mile Marker 71 in Rockcastle County. According to reports, traffic in the area was slowing down due to road construction when Caudill’s tractor-trailer collided with the trailer of another tractor and caught fire, causing a chain reaction. Roark’s vehicle was in-between the first tractor-trailer that was struck and another big rig. The driver of the truck that was struck by Caudill’s vehicle was also injured, according to the state police.

A spokesman for the state police says the cause of the crash is still under investigation. Southbound lanes of traffic on I-75 were closed for more than 10 hours, reopening at 11:30 p.m. Tuesday night.

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