Man killed in I-64 crash that sent two vehicles over guardrail, down embankment

A man was killed Wednesday in a crash on Interstate 64 in Bath County, according to Kentucky State police.

Capt. Gary Lanham of the Morehead Fire Department said the crash happened at the 120-mile marker Wednesday on the westbound lanes of I-64 near the Owingsville exits.

A tractor-trailer was traveling eastbound when it crossed the grassy median, according to state police. It then struck a 2019 Ford F-150 pickup truck traveling westbound. Both vehicles went through a guardrail and down an embankment, reported WKYT, the Herald-Leader’s reporting partner.

The driver of the pickup truck, identified as Christopher Short, 44, of Mount Sterling, was killed, according to state police.

The driver of the tractor trailer, identified as John Walls, 47, of Beecher City, Illinois, was taken to Saint Claire Regional Medical Center to be treated after the crash, according to state police.

The crash also produced a diesel fuel spill, the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet said.

Traffic was detoured for several hours off the interstate at Exit 121 in Owingsville.

State police are investigating the crash.