West Virginia man dies in I-65 crash involving two tractor-trailer rigs

ELIZABETHTOWN — A 56-year-old West Virginia man was killed late Saturday afternoon in a crash involving two tractor-trailer rigs on I-65 near the 101-mile marker in Hardin County, according to Kentucky State Police.

Police had not released the name of the victim as of Sunday night. They said he was from Kenova, W.Va.

Police said a 2007 Kenworth rig was traveling behind a slower-moving 2000 Freightliner operated by Avdija Huskic of St. Louis at 4:42 p.m. Saturday when the Kenworth struck the other truck in the right rear portion of its trailer, police said.

The driver of the Kenworth was ejected onto I-65 and the truck came to rest partially in the emergency lane and right lane of the interstate.

The operator of the Kenworth was pronounced dead at the scene at about 4:50 p.m. by Hardin County Coroner Kenneth Spangenberger.

Huskic was transported to Hardin Memorial Hospital by a trooper and was treated and released.

Police said the interstate was shut down for several hours. The investigation is ongoing.