U.S. 62 Open After Deadly Crash

UPDATE 5:00 a.m.: Kentucky State Police dispatchers tell Local 6 the section of U.S. 62 that was shut down following the crash is back open.

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10:30 p.m.: Kentucky State Police have confirmed the identity of the trooper killed in the wreck that has blocked a section of U.S. 62, which will remain blocked for several more hours.

KSP Trooper Stu Recke said 23 -year-old KSP Trooper Eric Chrisman was killed in the crash.  He was traveling westbound on 62 while responding to a report of a reckless driver.  

Recke said Chrisman failed to negotiate a curve and was hit on the driver’s side of the state police cruiser he was driving by a tractor-trailer driving east. 

The semi driver, 53-year-old Richard A. Burnham Jr., of Benton, was treated and released at a nearby hospital. The road will be closed for several more hours.  

Chrisman was originally from Lawrenceburg, KY and resided in Eddyville, KY.


UPDATE: KYTC spokesman Kieth Todd has confirmed the wreck was deadly. There is no word yet as to who or how many people died. He says there will be a crash reconstruction investigation, and the wait for the road to open is estimated to take eight more hours.

 Local 6 has a crew on scene and anticipating more information.


Marshall County dispatch tells Local 6 Highway 62 has been shut down both ways from Marshall County and Livingston County to Kentucky Dam because of a wreck.

Kentucky Transportation Cabinet spokesman Keith Todd says the crash is blocking the U.S. 62 Tennessee River Bridge below Kentucky Dam at the Marshall-Livingston county line.Todd says, as of 6:14 p.m., the roadway at the site is expected to be blocked for about 3 hours. The site is along U.S. 62 between the U.S. 641 Interchange at Kentucky Dam Village State Park in Marshall County and the Kentucky 451/Dover Road interchange at Lake City in Livingston County.

The detour is via Interstate 24 and Kentucky 453.

The estimated duration for site cleanup is three hours.

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