Tractor trailer crashes on I-64 in Woodford County

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WOODFORD COUNTY, Ky. (WKYT) -- Firefighters and police are on the scene of an accident involving a semi truck and tow truck that took place on I-64, near the Franklin County line, just before 9 p.m. Wednesday.

Police say the driver of the semi didn't realize that the tow truck was actually stopped in one of the eastbound lanes near the Woodford-Franklin County line, until it was too late.

The semi ended up colliding with the back of the tow truck, causing the semi to lose control and swerve into the median.

Before tipping onto its side, officials say the semi actually took down about 300 feet of the cable barriers that line the sides of the interstate.

Officers on scene say if it weren't for the cable barriers, the accident may have been much worse, considering that the driver of the semi and the tow truck driver were not harmed in any way.

"That cable barrier kept the tractor trailer from going into the westbound lane which could've been much worse with all the traffic coming the opposite way," said Lt. Daniel Clark.

The collision ruptured the semi's fuel tank, which is now an issue that the EPA will have to handle.

Officials say one of the eastbound lanes on I-64 near the Woodford-Franklin county line will remain closed for several hours. Both westbound lanes have been reopened.

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