‘I knew I had to move fast’: Witness describes deadly semi crash at Brook St. & Broadway

Witnesses describe deadly crash in downtown Louisville

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - At least person was killed in a semi fire at Brook Street and Broadway in downtown Louisville on Monday evening. LMPD said the body in the charred debris was indistinguishable.

The call of the fire came in around 5:20 p.m. LMPD Public Information Officer Dwight Mitchell said the semi was exiting the ramp from I-65 North when they lost control and hit several fixed objects before coming to a final rest.

The driver was pronounced dead at the scene.

Police are investigating the exact cause of the crash.
Police are investigating the exact cause of the crash. (Source: WAVE 3 News)

Police could not confirm where the semi was traveling from and the body has not been identified. The area of the crash is a very busy part of downtown, so there were many witnesses to the mayhem.

“The flames were so intense you could start hearing stuff melt on the truck,” bystander Richard Robinson said.

Robinson said seconds before the fire started he and a friend, Joe Graves, were standing on the corner. Graves said he saw the semi lose control on the exit ramp.

“He was rolling when he came through here,” Graves said. “I am surprised he didn’t go on through across the road.”

Richard Robinson was a witness to the semi crash at Brook Street and Broadway.
Richard Robinson was a witness to the semi crash at Brook Street and Broadway. (Source: WAVE 3 News)

Graves said he saw the semi plow through the grass and hit several poles and utility lines. The crash left many in the nearby area without power.

Graves and Robinson said they didn’t see any cars or pedestrians hit by the semi, but were so close to the crash the memory won’t quit.

“That is why I am still shaking because it just happened soo fast,” Robinson said.

The LMPD Traffic Unit is investigating.

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