Police chase of motor home ends in fiery I-75 construction zone crash

A police chase of a motor home ended in a fiery crash that killed a driver early Wednesday on Interstate 75 in Rockcastle County, police said.

About 12:44 a.m., Kentucky State Police troopers began pursuing the motor home that intentionally ran through barriers and construction barrels on Ky. 21 and drove onto I-75 in Berea, according to state police.

The driver, 67-year-old John McCoy, of Chesapeake, Ohio, refused to stop and continued traveling south toward an I-75 construction site where workers were setting bridge beams for a reconstruction project, police said. All construction workers were immediately notified to evacuate, according to state police.

Officers were using a rolling roadblock to bring the motor home to a stop when McCoy intentionally struck a police vehicle, police said. He continued traveling southbound toward an overpass, which was blocked with heavy construction equipment.

McCoy struck two construction sky lifts head on, engulfing the motor home in flames, state police said. Officers attempted to remove McCoy from the vehicle and extinguish the flames, but were overpowered by the fire.

McCoy died at the scene, according to the Rockcastle County Coroner’s Office. No officers or construction workers were injured during the incident, state police said.

State police are investigating. It was not clear why McCoy would not stop for police.

Most of the southbound and northbound lanes of the interstate had been closed overnight Tuesday so crews could work on the Ky. 1505 bridge reconstruction project.

The crash damaged equipment that was needed to set the beams, Kentucky Transportation Cabinet’s Amber Hale told WKYT. The damage has put the work on the bridge on hold, Hale said.

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