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Delayed presidential visit snarls Louisville traffic during rush hour

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Traffic back ups due to President Obama's visit to Louisville on Thursday left drivers stuck for hours.

The back ups began around four o'clock as Louisville Metro Police officers closed off sections of downtown Louisville near Market St, Main St, Brook St., and First St.

Originally President Obama was scheduled to arrive in Louisville earlier in the day to avoid rush hour traffic congestion. However, due to a foreign policy matter, the President did not leave the White House until around 3:30 p.m. 

He boarded Air Force One at Andrews Air Force Base around 3:45 p.m. and landed in Louisville at 5:00 p.m. 

Perfect storm delayed JCPS Buses

Several JCPS school buses had to find alternate routes and some children were delayed in getting home. Many buses had already gotten a late start due to heavy rains and strong winds forcing JCPS to hold buses back for a brief time. 

The following buses experienced delays, according to JCPS:

  • Buses through the Moore and Brandeis depots.
  • Early childhood buses traveling from the Breckinridge-Franklin, Brandeis and Dawson-Orman Education Center.
  • Some buses from various after-school programs.
Woman delivers baby in stopped traffic

While the Presidential motorcade was making it's way from the airport to downtown Louisville, sections of I-65 were shutdown creating hours of gridlock. 

At one point, an expectant mother had to deliver her baby in the middle of the interstate. A nurse happened to be nearby, also stuck, and was able to help with the deliver. EMS personnel reached the mother and transported her and the child to University Hospital where both are expected to be okay.

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