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SLIDESHOW: Winter weather wreaks havoc with drivers

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Rachel Collier was shaken but unhurt after this SUV spun out on I-65 near E'town, causing her to slide into a guardrail. Rachel Collier was shaken but unhurt after this SUV spun out on I-65 near E'town, causing her to slide into a guardrail.
This car slammed into a cable barrier on the Gene Snyder between Dixie Highway and New Cut Road. This car slammed into a cable barrier on the Gene Snyder between Dixie Highway and New Cut Road.
This car overturned in a ditch near Bardstown. This car overturned in a ditch near Bardstown.

ELIZABETHTOWN, Ky. (WDRB) -- A wintry mix of snow and ice fell south of Louisville early this morning, causing numerous reported problems with traffic. 

The Second Street Bridge closed for a while after a Ford Ranger was involved in a crash.  At almost the same time, Spaghetti Junction backed up from Interstate 65 south to I-64 west.

TRIMARC's Jim Mallory says the icy roads made for treacherous driving:  "It just all went to heck. Multiple crashes all over the interstate system some involving four, five, six, or seven cars.

Interstate 65 headed into the Elizabethtown and Glendale area was treacherous, causing WDRB reporter Rachel Collier to spin out and crash into a guardrail.

Collier was driving through Lebanon Junction as sleet was falling around 4:30 a.m. today. At one point, road conditions seemed to improve. Then there were very tense moments as she hit a slick spot and lost control of her SUV, sliding in circles on the interstate and slamming into a guardrail. The impact sent the vehicle back onto the interstate.

Other drivers began slowing down after seeing the crash.

Collier wasn't injured in the crash, but her vehicle was damaged. She continued on to a gas station in E'town where she continued with her live shot.

As a mixture of snow and freezing rain continued to fall, police closed I-65 in Hart County. Several crashes were reported, including one that involved multiple vehicles. We're told I-65 at Glendale will remain closed until further notice.

City officials tell us the full Metro Snow Team is currently treating over 2,700 two-lane miles of designated snow routes with salt. Light freezing rain continued to cause slick spots, especially at intersections, bridges and overpasses.

Friday afternoon, crews became concerned about roads re-freezing.  Bullitt, Franklin, Henry and Spencer County crews are still treating roadways with salt.  In Jefferson, Oldham, Shelby and Trimble counties, workers are keeping an eye on the roadways and will treat them as needed. 

Use caution on roadways, take it slow and give yourself plenty of room between vehicles. Salt treatment combined with brine that was already on the roads will assist in improving conditions and will also help prevent re-freezing on roads when the temperature drops later tonight.

There were wrecks reported on lower River Road near West Orell in Valley Station, on Upper and Lower Hunters, one at Manslick and Gagel, as well as one at Lexington Road at Baxter Avenue.

With numerous crashes and slide-offs still being reported by mid-morning, LMPD officers are no longer able to respond to non-injury crashes. If you are involved in such a crash, you're asked to exchange insurance information and file a police report in person. If you are involved in a crash with injuries, dial 911.

As of 11 a.m., LMPD officers were responding to the following reports of injury crashes:

  • 5000 block of Graston
  • I-65S to I-64W
  • 520 N. 35th St.
  • 1517 Gagel
  • I-65 S at the Watterson Expressway
  • I-264 and Virginia
  • Brownsboro Road
  • I-264 W to Crittenden Drive
  • Preston Hwy. and Grade Lane
  • Hurstbourne Lane and Hurstbourne Crossings Dr.

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