Millions of travelers are hitting the roads for Christmas

By: Greg Robinson Email
By: Greg Robinson Email

Millions of travelers are hitting the roads for Christmas.

With Christmas weekend now upon us, roads around the Bluegrass will be a lot more crowded as folks travel to be with loved ones.

Unfortunately, the weekend has gotten off to a deadly start.

Southbound I-75 in Rockcastle County was closed for hours Friday morning after police say a semi hit and killed a man.

Police say the victim, 30-year-old Perry Eric Carlton, of London, crashed into a cable barrier.

He got out of his car to flag down someone for help... but was hit by a semi.
Officials at AAA say nearly 84 million people are expected to be on U.S. roadways during the holiday rush.

Friday morning's fatal car crash left parts of the interstate closed for several hours and delayed folks during their holiday travels.

“It put an extra 45 minutes on our day, so our family may be a little disappointed, but it should be okay,” Jeff Bass said.

Most of the travelers WYMT’s Greg Robinson talked to took the delays in stride, just concerned that someone lost their life so close to Christmas.

“Our hearts just go out to the family and that the wife had to see this. Our thoughts and prayers will be with this family because it’s just tragic,” Karen Getz said.

Law enforcement had a warning for those traveling kentucky roads.

“We are gonna advise people to slow down., allow people plenty enough to get to their destination,” KSP Steven Douglas said.

Driving safely is one way to ensure that you arrive safely and soundly wherever you are headed this holiday season.

Those were just a few of the drivers out of millions who will be driving this holiday season.

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