NORTHERN KENTUCKY (FOX19) - Kentucky State Police have identified the victim who died in a fiery crash that shut down Kentucky 17/Madison Pike near the Kenton/Pendleton county line early Thursday, according to Pendleton County dispatchers.
The victim was identified as David Erskine, 28, from Burlington, KY, according to Kentucky State Police.
A pickup truck and semi tractor-trailer collided at 5:08 a.m., she said. The semi burst into flames.
"I looked out the basement window and saw red down at the barn and I thought my barn was on fire," said Paul Pfanstiel. "When I got dressed and walked down there there wasn't anything anybody could do."
Falmouth firefighters responded and put the blaze out, she said.
Both vehicles collided and ran off the road into a wooded area, according to Kentucky State Police. Both struck a tree.
The pickup driver was not able to get out of the vehicle, police said. Pfanstiel told FOX19 NOW the driver of the semi and a neighbor tried desperately to free the victim.
The 9000 block of Kentucky 17/Madison Pike was closed for more than six hours while crews cleared the area.
Kentucky State Police are investigating.
has been set up to assist with funeral expenses.