Deadly Crash Causes Traffic Backup On I-64

Traffic was backed up for miles on I-64 on Friday afternoon after a deadly cross-over crash.

It happened just after 2:00 near exit 58 in Woodford County, near the Franklin County line.

Police say a blue mini Cooper, traveling in westbound, crossed the median and slammed into a white 1993 Cadillac.

The impact was so great, the engine came out of one of the cars.

The Cadillac ended up off the road, in the tree line. The impact threw the driver, who was wearing a seat belt, into the backseat of the car.

A witness pulled the man from the car and administered CPR on him until first responders got on to the scene.

Police say that 52-year old Vernon Patton of Anderson County was pronounced dead at the scene.

The driver of the mini Cooper, Claire Estes of Louisville, was airlifted from the scene to UK Hospital, but we're told she did not suffer life-threatening injuries. We're told Estes was not wearing a seat belt.

Police shut the road down for several hours as they cleaned up and investigated.

Traffic was backed up for miles until the road reopened sometime after 6:00 on Friday.

The traffic troubles were compounded by the fact that just down the road, another crash shut down the westbound lanes of I-64.

That crash happened in Franklin County, near the Kentucky River Bridge. There's no word on how long it took to clear that crash from the road.

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