A married couple who apparently had finished changing a tire on their vintage vehicle by the side of Interstate 75 were killed Sunday after they were struck by at least one other vehicle, Scott County Sheriff Tony Hampton said.
Timothy Wayne Cantrell, 70, and Susan Cantrell, 63, of Independence were pronounced dead at the scene, Scott County Coroner John Goble said.
A reconstruction team was still at the scene Sunday evening trying to piece together what happened, Hampton said.
But he and Goble said two northbound vehicles, a Ford Taurus and a Chevrolet passenger car, went out of control and off the right side of the road. At least one of those vehicles struck the couple, who were standing behind a red 1939 Dodge. The two were killed instantly, Goble said.
Authorities think the Cantrells had finished changing a tire before they were hit.
"We're kind of being presumptuous, but it appeared there was a jack lying there and a fresh tire that had been put on the car," Hampton said.
The collision happened shortly before 4 p.m. Sunday near the 130 mile marker at the entrance to the northbound weigh scales.
The northbound lanes of I-75 were closed as the accident was investigated. Traffic was diverted off the interstate at Exit 129 and then onto U.S. 25. Northbound traffic could re-enter I-75 at Exit 136 near Sadieville in northern Scott County.