KSP: Semi driver claims to be kidnapped, crashes truck on I-65

KSP: Semi driver claims to be kidnapped, crashes truck on I-65

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) – A woman's kidnapping story played out on social media on Monday and ended with a semi crash on I-65 in Louisville.

Around 12:45 a.m., Kentucky State Police began receiving calls about a woman posting on social media, claiming she was kidnapped and being held hostage in her semi by a man who had explosives.

They found the posts from Helen Jones, 44, of Anderson, CA.

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"She puts some messages on Facebook that were rather disturbing," James Wilkerson said. "And she had done some Facebook live."

Wilkerson is also a truck driver, and said he met Jones three years ago in a training session in Indiana.

The two stay in touch over Facebook, and hours before the crash Wilkerson saw Jones' social media posts.

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Several law enforcement agencies tracked Anderson's truck to I-65 in Bullitt County and tried to stop it, but she continued driving in a safe manner and at a normal speed, according to KSP.

The truck eventually crashed into the overpass at Fern Valley Road. KSP said the crash seemed to be intentional.

"The next bridge I see I'm crashing into it," Jones said during one of her Facebook live videos.

Jones' live broadcast lasted several minutes.

"It was heart wrenching to see the situation as it was," Wilkerson said.

LMPD's explosives unit checked the truck but didn't find any explosives.

Jones was the only person in the truck, KSP said. She was taken to University of Louisville Hospital in stable condition.

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Wilkerson said Faceboook helped truckers all over the county get Jones help.

"Social Media definitely helps in situations like these," Wilkerson said.

Kentucky Transportation Cabinet officials and MetroSafe dispatchers originally reported one person was killed in the crash and that the semi was carrying explosives.

WAVE 3 News reporter Kayla Vanover was at the scene and found the semi was carrying boxes of books.

KSP is investigating the incident.

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