Good Samaritans killed while trying to help crash victims
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- UPDATE: I-64 Westbound near the accident site reopened to traffic about 10 p.m. Monday. Traffic was still slow in the area, authorities said.
Two people trying to help others after a crash on Interstate 64 in Shelby County died when a semi struck them.
Shelby County Police say around 11:40 Monday morning, two semi-trucks and multiple passenger cars were involved in a non-injury accident on I-64 west near the Waddy exit east of Shelbyville.
Drivers in two passing cars witnessed the crash and pulled over to offer help. The drivers pulled over on the shoulder near the fast lane and exited the vehicles. One of the men had his wife in the car. She told police it was only a matter of seconds after her husband got out of the car that he and the other man were struck by an oncoming semi.
"She said her husband immediately pulled over and said you stay here, call 911, and I'll go down there and see if I can help," said Maj. Jason Rice of the Shelby County Sheriff's Office. "Cars and trucks were going over large embankments, guard rail was flying, and cars were going in every single direction. It was just a very chaotic scene out there."
The Shelby County Coroner has identified the victims as Jamaal Wood, 33, of Louisville, and Charles Burtt, 71, of Broad Run, Va.
Authorities say the semi that killed them was trying to avoid the original accident when it veered into the fast lane, hit the guard rail, and slid down the shoulder, striking the men.
Rice said family and friends of both men have told him what selfless individuals they both were. "In talking with some of the people that knew the victims, they said that was their personality, that they were always running to see if they could help, and that's what they were doing today."
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