Driver missing after truck submerged

Dropping temperatures and receding daylight postponed the search for the driver of a tractor-trailer that crashed into a creek in Bath County Wednesday morning.

The truck, which was hauling auto parts, was traveling east on I-64 when it went into the median and down an embankment about 4:45 a.m., said Officer Larry Farris of the Kentucky State Police Commercial Vehicle Enforcement division.

The truck's cab submerged in the creek near the 122-mile marker. By 8:30 p.m., crews had pulled the trailer out, but the cab remained in the water.

The creek flows underneath I-64. During dry summer months, the creek can be crossed on foot, Farris said. But recent heavy rains and snow melt had swollen the creek to between 10 and 15 feet, he estimated.

Police and rescue workers had not verified that the driver was still in the cab Wednesday night. The current was too strong for divers to enter, and the water was muddy, Farris said.