ROCKCASTLE COUNTY, Ky. (WKYT) - After a series of crashes caused police to close Interstate 75 in Rockcastle County Friday afternoon, police have now reopened the interstate.
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No injuries have been confirmed, but the crashes left thousands of motorists stuck, including one of WKYT's reporting teams.
The Northbound lanes of I-75 opened around 5:43 p.m. Friday, and southbound lanes briefly reopened. But police had to shut both sides down again because of more crashes.
As of 10 p.m., police still had no timeline for when the interstate would reopen.
Police spent much of the overnight hours diverting southbound traffic off I-75 at exit 76 in Berea, and northbound traffic off I-75 at exit 41 in London. Police spent a lot of time trying to remove several stranded tractor trailers.
As of 6 a.m. Saturday, Kentucky State Police tell us the National Guard and the Laurel County Fire Department were slowly continuing to remove trapped vehicles from I-75. We're told guardsmen were also using a wrecker to help with the removal.
Shelters have been set up for travelers at West London Baptist Church on Parker Road in London, and Rockcastle Middle School in Mount Vernon. The Red Cross is also working to set up a shelter in Madison County as well.
State Police say the winter storm that began Friday left up to 3,000 people stranded on I-75.