A Campbellsville man called himself “lucky” to walk away uninjured after his tractor-trailer crashed and burst into flames along Western Kentucky Parkway on Tuesday.
44-year-old Jeffrey T. Milby was operating a 1995 International semi-truck with a full load of grain when he said the vehicle began to pull to the right and he lost all steering control.
Milby’s rig crashed into a section of guardrail along the eastbound lane approximately three miles east of Caneyville before hitting the ditch and turning over onto its side, where it came to a rest. Bystanders later told Milby that his truck burst into flames at the moment it hit the guardrail.
Trapped inside the overturned truck, Milby said that he attempted to escape through the passenger door, but when flames began pouring in through the door, he was forced to kick out the windshield of the truck and climb out through the opening.
Milby suffered no burns or other injuries during the incident, and was immediately examined by an EMT who had been driving behind him and stopped to help.
The truck became engulfed in flames, which were eventually extinguished by Caneyville Fire Department, with assistance from Leitchfield Fire Department. Grayson County Sheriff’s Office also responded to the incident.