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A Franklin County man was killed on I-64 yesterday when he ran into the back of another vehicle in his pickup truck.
Kentucky State Police investigators have identified the victim as Charles E. Moore, 38, of Frankfort. KSP spokesperson Ron Turley said the fatal crash happened at 3:34 p.m. Thursday when Moore, who was traveling westbound on I-64, drove his Toyota pickup truck into the rear of a large recycling truck driven by William Gram of Indiana at about the 35 mile marker.
The pickup truck rammed into the much-larger truck, smashing in the pickup's roof and front cab. Gram was not injured.
Both vehicles came to rest in the left lane of I-64 westbound, with the pickup truck wedged under the rear of the dump truck. Turley said the accident happened when the recycling truck began to slow down in traffic.
Moore was not wearing a seatbelt. He was pronounced dead at the scene by the Shelby County Coroner's department.
The crash shut down the interstate westbound at Exit 35, and the resulting rerouting of traffic caused traffic tie-ups all over town, and even backed up traffic into Franklin County. Several police agencies helped to direct traffic and help with the rerouting of traffic at strategic points, such as the off ramps to I-64 west at KY 53.
Shelby County Emergency Management Agency Director Paul Whitman, who was also assisting with traffic control, said the traffic snarl along KY 53 at U.S. 60 was caused by police trying to route detoured traffic down to Freedom's Way.
"We are trying to get traffic to come straight up to the bypass," he said, adding that it did not help that the accident happened just before rush hour. That route was also very slow moving, taking more than 30 minutes for motorists to travel from the I-64 interchange to the intersection of U.S. 60 and KY. 53.
The interstate re-opened at 7:05 p.m.