3 people killed in wrong-way crash on I-75
LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. (WKYT/WYMT) - Three people are dead after a wrong-way driver caused a crash on southbound I-75 Monday night, according to the Laurel County Sheriff’s Office.
The sheriff’s office says 911 received a lot of calls about someone going the wrong way on the interstate. They say a pickup truck, driven by 21-year-old Joshua Poore, of Clovis, California, was going north in the southbound lane.
The sheriff’s office says deputies, along with London police and Kentucky State Police, tried to stop Poore, but they weren’t able to get to him before he crashed into a car going south near the Highway 192 exit.
Three people in the car were killed. The victims have been identified by the coroner as Deshawn Love, who was the driver, Iliya Dukes and Kevin Criglear. They were all in their mid-20s. The coroner says they are all from the Chicago area. We’re told Love and Criglear are cousins, but they don’t know what their relationship was to Dukes.
Poore was taken to UK Hospital. His injuries were described as severe, but not life-threatening.
“These are among the most catastrophic accidents you can experience because number one you have the interstates speeds, and number 2, you have drivers headed in a direction and you don’t expect to have drivers coming toward them,” said Dep. Gilbert Acciardo.
We’re told Poore is in the custody of the sheriff’s office and charges are pending. We don’t know yet what charges he is facing.
Soundbound I-75 traffic was rerouted onto the Exit 38 ramp while crews worked the scene. The interstate has since reopened.
There are a lot of unanswered questions about the crash and the investigation into what happened is ongoing.
“He’s either gotten on the interstate the wrong way or made a U-turn,” said Dep. Acciardo. “Of course, we will look at all those to determine why he was there at that given time.”
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