Driver struck by tractor-trailer in Rockcastle Co. I-75 crash

Alcohol is suspected as a factor in the death of a pedestrian struck by a tractor-trailer on Interstate 75 in Rockcastle County early Friday, according to state police.

The investigation showed that Perry Eric Carlton, 30, of London, lost control of his 2006 Pontiac and crashed into the cable barrier in the median, according to a news release.

Carlton got out of his car and was hit by a tractor-trailer driven by William C. Hackler, 59, of Williamsburg. Carlton was in the road when he was hit, police said.

While trying to avoid hitting Carlton, Hackler hit two other cars, one driven by 22-year-old Nicholas Nowicki of Michigan and the other driven by Casey Thomas of Lexington.

Police did not report any injuries to the other drivers or the truck driver. However, police cited Hackler for commercial-vehicle violations.

Carlton died at the scene. Police suspect he had been drinking before the wreck, according to the news release.

The accident happened between mile markers 56 and 58 in Rockcastle County, according to the state highway department. Southbound I-75 was closed or reduced to one lane for several hours. Traffic was diverted off I-75 to U.S. 25 South.