SHELBY CO., Ky. (WHAS11) -- A Kentucky jockey whose career spanned more than 30 years on the racetrack has died after a crash Tuesday night, April 18, just outside Shelbyville.
James Long was killed in the single-vehicle crash on Interstate 64 at the 36 mile marker.
The Shelby County Sheriff’s Office says a 2000 Mercedes sedan ran off the north side of the roadway into the grass median. They said the vehicle went through a ditch, became airborne, landed on its wheels and bounced/rolled to a stop.
Long was pronounced dead at the scene by the Shelby County Coroner’s Office.
The sheriff’s office said Long was not restrained and the airbag was deployed.
Alcohol and/or drug involvement is not suspected: however, toxicology tests will be performed, according to the sheriff’s office.
The investigation into this crash is ongoing by the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office Accident Reconstruction Unit.