Son Killed, Mother Injured While Fighting Fire on I-65 in Hardin County

Aug 6, 2014

Update at 1:37 pm:

All lanes on I-65 south have now been reopened following the early-morning accident that caused one death and an injury.

Update at 12:08 pm:

A mother and her son, both firefighters, were responding to a vehicle blaze Wednesday morning in Hardin County when a semitrailer slammed into a fire truck, killing the son and injuring the mother.

Kentucky State Police Trooper Jeff Gregory said Jonathan French died and his mother, Lisa French, was taken to a hospital with what appeared to be non-life threatening injuries. The crash occurred in Hardin County along Interstate 65 about 3:30 a.m. Wednesday, about a mile north of Glendale.

The mother and son were getting equipment off the fire truck when it was hit. Firefighting runs in the French family. Lisa French is the sister of the chief of the Glendale volunteer fire department.  

Police say firefighters had been called to a vehicle fire on the interstate's shoulder.  No charges have been filed.

Original post:

I-65 southbound at mile point 91 in Hardin County will remain closed until approximately 12:30pm central/1:30 eastern following an early morning collision involving a semi and a fire truck.

Traffic is being detoured off of the interstate at exit 91, with motorists continuing south on U.S. 31-W and rejoining the interstate at exit 86 in Glendale.