LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - I-75 was more of a parking lot than an interstate Friday night after a serious wreck caused a part of the road to be shut down for hours.
The accident happened around 6:15 Friday night when a Lexington Police Officer was assisting a driver on the side of I-75 near mile marker 113.
Police say both both parties were standing outside of their cars when a semi truck ran into one of the vehicles, causing the semi to overturn, spilling chemicals it was carrying onto the roadway.
We're told the officer and the female driver were both injured in the accident and had to be taken to the hospital. Right now, we aren't sure of their conditions.
A few hours after the wreck we talked to a man who was traveling from Tennessee to Michigan when he found himself smack dab in the middle of the traffic mess.
John Marsh says, "Slow traffic coming up I-75, as you would expect on a Friday night, but all of a sudden there was nothing but brake lights and then the sheriff's deputies move us to I-64 which has taken us to the intersection to where we are at now."
Officers are detouring drivers off of I-75 and onto exit 113 at Paris Pike. They're also encouraging all other drivers to stay off I-75 Northbound at all costs. They expect this section of I-75 Northbound to be shut down for several more hours.
People living on several streets near the scene were told to shelter in place after the crash. Firefighters say it is now safe for them to go back outside.