LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- One person died of a drug overdose in a truck stopped in the middle of the road Thursday afternoon.

It happened just after 1 p.m. on Westport Road at Hurstbourne Parkway.

Police say a passenger in the truck died at the scene. First responders gave the driver Naloxone to reverse effects of an overdose. A third passenger ran from the scene.

It slowed traffic on Westport Road for about an hour. 

“It seems to be an epidemic here in Louisville, just like it is everywhere," said Mitchell Burmeister, a spokesperson with Metro Emergency Services. "In January alone last month, we saw 695 overdoses that we responded to as EMS. That’s a 33 percent increase up from last January."

Metro EMS is seeing an increase in the number of overdoses happening when people are behind-the-wheel.

“Overdoses know no boundaries," said Major Chris Lokits with Metro EMS. "They can be in any area of the city, as is evident today, in a busy intersection, in a car. You never know what the people around you are doing."

Louisville paramedics handled 20 overdoses calls between midnight and 4 p.m. Thursday.

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