I-64 near Shelbyville shut down after two crashes involving numerous commercial vehicles

Shelbyville, KY - Posted by Mike Dever - email

SHELBYVILLE, KY (WAVE) - The westbound lanes of Interstate 64 at milemarker 36 near Shelbyville were shut down for several hours after two separate accidents involving several tractor-trailers. It happened just before 11:30 a.m. between the Shelbyville and Waddy exits.

According to Kentucky State Police, officers responded to two separate crashes at that location involving six vehicles. During the collision investigation, witnesses advised that two commercial vehicles had slowed in the westbound lanes due to the wet weather and the report of a vehicle ahead sending a large amount of smoke into the air.

A third commercial vehicle, which was traveling at a much greater speed than the slowed traffic, attempted to move westbound between the slower vehicles.  That commercial vehicle caused heavy damage to the first two and then struck a van traveling in the same direction.

Following the first collision, there was a second crash in the slowing traffic when one westbound commercial vehicle struck the rear of yet another westbound commercial vehicle.

At least two of the commercial vehicles involved in the collisions were transporting hazardous materials but none of those materials were reported to have spilled on the roadway.  No charges have been filed at this time.

No injuries were reported in either of the collisions but the traffic impact has been significant.  The westbound lanes of I-64 were closed for several hours while the big rigs were removed.

Traffic for that section of the Interstate was being routed onto U.S. 60 with the assistance of local agencies, Troopers and the Department of Transportation.

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