A Corbin man and an Illinois woman died Friday morning after a minivan traveling north in the southbound lanes of Interstate 75 crashed head-on into a passenger car, authorities said.
The minivan's driver was Joseph Vanderman, 38, of Corbin, Kentucky State Police said in a release.
Police said a passenger died in the passenger car, a 2004 Chevrolet Impala. They identified her as Amy Adkins, 26, of East Peoria, Ill.
The driver of the Impala, Megan Crawford, 25, of Metamoria, Ill., was taken to University of Kentucky Chandler Hospital in Lexington, where she was listed in critical condition Friday night.
State police received a call from a motorist shortly before 4 a.m. Friday reporting a vehicle traveling the wrong way in the I-75 southbound lanes near mile marker 83, Trooper Chris Lanham said.
At 4 a.m., a head-on collision was reported to state police, Lanham said.
It's not clear to police why the van was traveling in the wrong lanes. Madison County Coroner Jimmy Cornelison said he did not smell alcohol and saw no evidence of alcohol in the van.
Cornelison said it's possible that Vanderman exited the entrance ramp at Duncannon Lane between Richmond and Berea. State police continue to investigate.