Parts of I-75 reopen after Friday crashes; some travelers still stranded
Friday crashes left travelers stranded and busy, hilly I-75 closed north of London, Ky.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Kentucky State Police said one lane of Interstate 75 southbound in Rockcastle and Laurel Counties opened to traffic about 5 a.m. Saturday. Northbound traffic was still closed and being detoured at Exit 38 at London.
Dozens of vehicles became stuck on hills; others crashed. The result stranded 3,000 people, by one report, from Friday morning through Saturday morning, police said. Police and transportation workers closed a 10-mile stretch of the highway both directions.
Authorities had not said if anyone was seriously hurt. First responders helped those stranded people receive food, water and other supplies, though some were still in their vehicles Saturday morning. Others went to shelters set up in Berea, London and Mt. Vernon.
Workers will need most of the morning, if not longer, to clear the highway. State Police and National Guard members were working to remove vehicles, one at a time.
The Ky. Transportation Cabinet District 8 Facebook page said police continued their efforts in diverting traffic off the interstate Saturday morning.
KYTC Rockcastle and Pulaski County crews have sent all available trucks and graders to plow I-75 and other routes leading off the interstate such as state highways 80 and 461.
The initial southbound detour was at Exit 76 at Berea.
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