Two University of Kentucky students are dead and a third was injured in a two-vehicle crash Sunday on Interstate 75 at the 60-mile marker in Rockcastle County.
Thomas B. May, 20, of Louisville and Bradley A. Hall, 18, of Rockfield died in the crash. Ben M. Cooley, 18, of Harrodsburg was flown to the University of Kentucky Hospital.
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The three students had been returning to UK from a fall retreat at Laurel Lake, said Daniel Berry, Baptist Campus Ministry director at UK.
At 1:37 p.m., Kentucky State Police responded to a call about a vehicle that had crossed the grass median on the interstate and struck a tractor-trailer.
May was driving a Ford Taurus northbound on I-75 when he lost control of the vehicle and crossed the median into the southbound lanes, police said.
Cooley, a rear-seat passenger, had multiple injuries. UK did not offer a report on his condition Sunday night.
All three had been wearing seat belts.
The truck driver, James A. Donaldson, 51, of Oregon, Ohio, was taken to Rockcastle County Hospital as a precaution. He was wearing his seat belt at the time of the crash.
May was a junior and had been active in the Baptist Campus Ministry for three years, Berry said.
"He did little things around BCM that other people didn't notice like taking out the trash ... just because he just wanted to help," Berry said. "That was his personality."
Hall was a freshman, Berry said, "a wonderful, big teddy bear type of personality."
Cooley is a freshman on the BCM freshman leadership team, Berry said.