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All lanes reopened on I-71 southbound in Oldham County

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Crews cleaning up around the wrecked semi in the median. Crews cleaning up around the wrecked semi in the median.
Debris from the wrecked trailer. Debris from the wrecked trailer.
The traffic backup on I-71 south caused by the wreck. The traffic backup on I-71 south caused by the wreck.

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) – An overnight crash that caused backups on Interstate 71 for drivers heading into Louisville has been cleared.

According to Andrea Clifford with the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet, the accident happened in the southbound lanes at exit 18 in Oldham County when a tractor-trailer carrying a load of copper wire crashed and the trailer broke in half.

The wreck closed the left lane of southbound I-71. State transportation officials originally expected to have the scene cleared by late morning, but Clifford said crews had problems with some of the equipment they needed to use. Those problems kept the lane closure in place into early Wednesday afternoon.

I-71 south was reopened to traffic shortly after 2 p.m.

Oldham County officials said the crash, which was reported at 2:47 a.m., took out several trees, but the driver was not injured.

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