Crash causes traffic issues on I-75 through Lexington

By: Whitney Wetzel Email
By: Whitney Wetzel Email

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - The interstate is back to two lanes after an early morning crash. It was down to one throughout the morning commute, which caused quite a traffic backup.

"It messed up my car pretty bad," says Bennie Taylor, a driver who crashed into a guardrail that was lying in the middle of the road.

Taylor says he was driving to work Thursday morning from Berea, when he ran right into a guardrail.

"I was just driving along and there was a guard rail lying across the road," Taylor says. "I couldn't miss it. I hit it and it destroyed my car."

Around 1:30 Thursday morning, police say a truck driver lost control of a semi and crashed into a guardrail near mile marker 101. The crash sent the metal into lanes of oncoming traffic.

It also ruptured the semi's fuel tank. Crews spent more than five hours cleaning up that mess.

During that time, they had to close a lane, in addition to the two others closed for road work, leaving only the center lane open during the morning's commute.

Traffic was backed up for about six miles and spilled over to exits like Old Richmond Road.

Even though the second lane opened back up around 8:00 Thursday morning, there was still some traffic congestion through the area until about 10:00 a.m.

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