Multiple Lexington Crashes Send 14 People to HospitalPosted on Jul 31, 2011
Authorities indicated that the series of weather-related crashes were due to the heavy rain, low visibility, and pooled water on the roads. Involved in these crashes were cars, semi trucks, a fire truck and even a boat. About 20 people in total were injured, and 14 were transported to area hospitals for medical care.
The mess on I-75 Friday afternoon shut down a portion of the Interstate and had traffic backed up for miles. The Lexington Fire Department said that the first accident happened around 2:10 p.m., and four wrecks were reported within 20 minutes on I-75. The multiple accidents took place between mile markers 112-116.
The fire department was en route to the four accidents when it crashed into a semi truck, hitting a fuel pipe causing diesel fuel to leak onto the road. A firefighter suffered a leg injury in the wreck and was taken to the hospital.
Not too long after this wreck came another Lexington crash that involved seven cars and two semi trucks. Because drivers in the southbound lanes were looking at what was taking place in the northbound lanes, accidents on the southbound side occurred as well.
The northbound and southbound lanes of I-75 were re-opened around 5:30 p.m.; however, traffic was slow during the rush hour commute due to the ongoing fuel spill cleanup activities taking place.
We would like to wish everyone involved in these Kentucky crashes a full and quick recovery.