SIMPSONVILLE., Ky. (WHAS11) -- A Brandenburg man is dead after a police pursuit in Shelby County ended in a fiery crash early Thursday morning.
The accident happened around 3:44 a.m. at Clark Station Road and Highway 148 near Simpsonville, but the pursuit began nearly 20 miles away from the crash site.
Kentucky State Police said were called in to assist Shelby County sheriff's deputies after a report of a reckless driver on Interstate 64 west where police began pursuing a 2000 Chevrolet Blazer.
"The initial 911 call was reckless driving, possibly road range, complaint," KSP trooper Kendra Wilson said.
Police said the Blazer exited onto Taylorsville Road and headed south for about 10 miles until turning onto Hwy. 148. The driver, identified as 29-year-old Marcus A. Slone of Brandenburg, failed to maneuver a curve on Hwy. 148 and lost control of the Blazer.
The vehicle left the roadway, struck a tree line and overturned before catching fire. Slone was ejected from his vehicle and was pronounced dead at the scene by the Shelby County coroner.
"I heard this boom which I thought was thunder because we had the windows opened," neighbor Gail Bush said.
Bush said the sound of the crash and responding emergency crews woke her up.
“A bunch of sirens and looked out the window to see tons of fire trucks, ambulances and police," Bush said.
Police said Slone reached speeds of nearly 100 mph during the pursuit and they have know idea why he led them on the chase. The coroner said he believes alcohol may have played a role.
Hwy. 148 was shut down at Clark Station Road for several hours while police completed their investigation.