LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Authorities have arrested a man following a multi-vehicle crash on I-65 South that left one person dead on Sunday.
According to Louisville Metro Police Department, their Sixth Division officers responded to the interstate near the Watterson Expressway around 2:30 p.m. Sunday after reports of the crash.
Witnesses told police a pickup truck was operating northbound in the southbound lanes of traffic on the interstate when the truck hit several vehicles at a high speed. Police said that pickup truck burst into flames. Witnesses said the truck was traveling over 100 mph prior to the collision.
A man inside one of the vehicles struck died from his injuries. The Jefferson County Coroner's Office identified the victim as 26-year-old Rajnu H. Masoud of Bowling Green.
There is a GoFundMe for Masoud's family. It says he had a wife and five children.
Three other patients, including the driver of the pickup, were transported to UofL Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.
An LMPD spokesperson identified the pickup truck driver as Thomas Catalina and officers said he appeared to be impaired.
According to court documents, Catalina said to an officer that he had used methamphetamine several days ago. He later said he didn't know, but it may have been sooner. He also said to officers that he was driving as fast as the truck would go and that drugs had messed him up.
A search warrant was obtained for blood and urine samples from Catalina, according to court documents. The blood and urine samples will be sent to the Kentucky State Police Laboratory for testing.
Catalina remains in the hospital at this time, however, LMPD says he has pending charges of murder, DUI, wanton endangerment, driving without insurance and fourth-degree assault.
The interstate was closed for hours while police cleared the scene.