Watterson reopens after semi jackknifes

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - The eastbound and westbound lanes of Interstate 264 between Crittenden Drive and Interstate 65 were blocked for several hours after a tractor-trailer jackknifed around 7 a.m., with its cab crashing through the barrier wall.

The semi was leaking fuel so it took crews several hours to clear the scene. Traffic began flowing again around 9:30.

According to Louisville Fire & Rescue, the semi struck the median when it tried to avoid another vehicle.

About 40 to 50 gallons of fuel was spilled, but none of it got into the sewer system. The Health Department was on the scene to oversee the cleanup.

No one was injured in the crash.

There were problems on other interstates as well: according to Andrea Clifford, the Kentucky Department of Transportation spokeswoman, the eastbound lanes of I-64 are temporarily closed near the Simpsonville exit (at mile marker 28) due to several commercial vehicles being unable to get up the hill after water on the pavement re-froze.

Salt trucks were dispatched to treat the roadway.

Meanwhile, in Gallatin County, the southbound lanes of I-71 were shut down due to an accident at the 63 mile marker. Preliminary reports have a jack-knifed tractor-trailer.

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