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UPDATE: Name Released in Fiery Rest Area Crash

By: Andrew Colegrove, Brittany Hoke Email
By: Andrew Colegrove, Brittany Hoke Email

UPDATE 3/28/14 @ 6:25 p.m.
LAWRENCE COUNTY, Ky. (WSAZ) -- We are learning more about the soon-to-be graduate and father who died in a fiery crash Thursday.

The crash happened just before 11 p.m. at the rest stop along Interstate 64 in Carter County, Ky.

Workers who were just changing shifts saw the devastating accident unfold.

"He hit the tree, then hit the wall, and I guess the back end of the car fell off and it tilted up. You could see the glass shatter, and it fell back down, then it caught up in flames," said Saundra Pennington, a worker at the rest stop.

Brian Nolen, 38, of Huntington, died at the scene.

"Anytime there is a loss of life in any situation, it's a tragic event. And it is extremely unfortunate," Kentucky State Police Trooper Michael Murriell said.

On Friday morning, family members laid blue flowers at he charred scene of the crash.

"He was a loving guy. There wasn't a mean bone in his body. He worked for Red Cross in Huntington. He was married with two children, stepchildren, which he loved very much," his brother Eddie Nolen said.

His family tells us he was on his way home when it happened. They think he may have had a seizure behind the wheel, but police can't confirm until an autopsy is complete.

"He come and spent the evening with us. Which I'd rather he had stayed home. But I'm just glad I got to see him. We had a good time. And that's how I'll remember him," Eddie Nolen said.

Police say drugs or alcohol don't seem to be a factor in this accident.

The family is planning funeral arrangements.



UPDATE 3/28/14 @ 12 p.m.
GRAYSON, Ky. (WSAZ) – A 38-year-old man from Huntington was killed in a fiery car crash at the Interstate 64 rest area in Carter County Thursday night.

The crash happened at the eastbound exit to the Grayson rest area just before 11 p.m. Thursday.

Brian Wayne Nolen was the driver killed, according to his brother, Eddie.

Investigators at the scene Thursday night said Nolan, who was driving a Volkswagen Passat, was going extremely fast when he lost control and hit a sign, a tree, and then a decorative brick wall. The car split in two, and then it burst into flames.

Nolen died at the scene. Eddie Nolen says Brian possibly had a seizure.

Several employees at the rest area witnessed the accident.

"I heard a car ramping the curve,” employee Saundra Pennington said. “Then I heard a little squeal. I turned around and looked. He had hit the tree and then hit the wall. I guess the back end of the car fell off, and it tilted up. You could see the glass shatter. It fell back down, and it caught up in flames, and we started running."

“I ran up to see if I could see anybody in it, but I couldn't because the flames were so hot," David Parsons, the supervisor at the rest stop, said. "I hope I never see anything like that again."

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UPDATE 3/28/14 @ 2:14 a.m.
GRAYSON, Ky. (WSAZ) – Police say a man from Huntington was killed in a fiery car crash at a rest area on Interstate 64 in Carter County..

Olive Hill Police say the crash happened at the eastbound exit to the Grayson rest area just before 11 p.m. Thursday.

Police say the man, who was driving Volkswagen Passat, was going extremely fast when he lost control and hit a sign, a tree, and then a decorative brick wall. The car split in two, and then it burst into flames.

The driver was pronounced dead at the scene. Police have not released his name.

The crash happened as workers at the rest area were changing shifts. Several employees were outside and witnessed the wreck.

"I heard a car ramping the curve,” employee Saundra Pennington said. “Then I heard a little squeal. I turned around and looked. He had hit the tree and then hit the wall. I guess the back end of the car fell off, and it tilted up. You could see the glass shatter. It fell back down, and it caught up in flames, and we started running."

“I ran up to see if I could see anybody in it, but I couldn't because the flames were so hot," David Parsons, the supervisor at the rest stop, said. "I hope I never see anything like that again."

"For nights to come I'm sure I'll close my eyes and hear that over again, the explosion,” Pennington said. “It happened so quick, but at the same time, it was like it was in slow motion. It was just horrible."

Police say the body will be taken Friday morning to Frankfort so the dental records can be checked out for a positive identification.

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ORIGINAL STORY 3/28/14 @ 1:29 a.m.
GRAYSON, Ky. (WSAZ) -- A man has died after a fiery crash near a rest area along Interstate 64.

Olive Hill police say the driver lost control of the car after he took the exit to the Grayson rest area. The car hit a tree and a decorative brick wall before bursting into flames.

The man was pronounced dead at the scene. His name has not been released but police say he was from Huntington.

There were no other injuries.


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