Franklin County

Crash on I-64 in Franklin County kills 2-year-old

A child died in a one-vehicle crash Tuesday night on Interstate 64 in Franklin County.

Franklin County Coroner Will Harrod said a boy about 2 years old was not riding in a car seat and was thrown from a Ford Explorer that crashed about 8:30 a.m., about three miles east of the Lawrenceburg exit. Westbound I-64 was shut down after the crash.

The child died at the scene.

The child's parents and two other adults also were in the vehicle, and none appeared to have been wearing seat belts, Franklin County Sheriff Pat Melton said. Authorities did not release names Tuesday night.

Melton said the boy's father was taken to University of Kentucky Chandler Hospital with life-threatening injuries.

The mother was thrown from the vehicle and was taken to UK Hospital, but her injuries appeared to be minor, Melton said.

Two men who were riding in the back seat refused treatment, he said.

Melton said investigators think a mechanical problem with the Explorer might have caused the driver to lose control about

The SUV hit a rock wall and came to rest in the left lane.

The interstate was expected to be reopened about 1 a.m., the sheriff said.