Traffic alert: truck crash closes I-71 North at Watterson - WDRB 41 Louisville News

Traffic alert: truck crash closes I-71 North at Watterson

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LOUISVILLE, Ky.  (WDRB) --  Metro police say Interstate 71 northbound lanes are closed at the Watterson Expressway as of 9:15 p.m. Tuesday.  Traffic lanes may not be completely open until early Wednesday morning.

That's because a truck carrying a chemical mulch dye overturned at the curve, or the split, as it's commonly known.  Cleanup efforts have closed the lanes of I-71, and drivers are urged to take detours to travel north.  Traffic is being detoured to the Watterson Expressway (I-264). 

Northbound drivers can attempt to return to I-71 via surface streets or take I-264 west to Westport Road east to I-265 north.

The driver was slightly hurt, police said.  The chemical was not believed to be harmful to the area.  Police believe the truck driver approached the curve at a high rate of speed and lost control.

Officers hoped to have one lane northbound open in the late evening, but it could be 2-3 a.m. before all lanes of traffic clear.


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