One person was killed early Wednesday morning when a vehicle burst into flames in a crash in Lincoln County, Kentucky State Police said.
It happened just before 2:00 a.m. on U.S. 27, just south of Stanford, according to the Kentucky State Police post at Richmond.
Troopers said their initial investigation indicated that a red 2001 Pontiac slowed or stopped in the left southbound lane of the highway. It was then struck from behind by a silver 2004 Pontiac also traveling south, they said.
The red car went off the highway, overturned and caught fire, police said.
The first car might have been operating without its headlights or taillights on, according to trooper Robert Purdy, public information officer with the Richmond post.
The red car's driver died at the scene, police said.
The victim, whose name had not been released Wednesday afternoon, was badly burned, but the cause of death remained undetermined pending an autopsy, Purdy said.
Two occupants in the second vehicle were uninjured, police said.
An investigation is continuing.