Level I hazmat declared on I-264 eastbound due to semi on fire

Level I hazmat declared on I-264 eastbound due to semi on fire
A semi on fire on I-264 eastbound Sunday afternoon. (Source: WAVE 3 News)

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - All eastbound lanes of I-264 were blocked for hours on Sunday due to a commercial vehicle fire and crash, the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet said on Sunday afternoon.

The incident occurred at approximately 4:28 p.m., according to Trimarc.

A level I hazmat was declared due to bourbon and diesel spilling onto the roadway, Metrosafe said.

There were two vehicles involved. Video from the crash indicated that a semi truck was on fire.

Louisville Metro Police Department spokesperson Dwight Mitchell said that around 4:30 p.m., the LMPD responded to a call of a vehicle collision involving a semi tractor trailer that caught on fire on I-264 eastbound at the 4 mile marker. That location is near Cane Run Road.

A preliminary investigation revealed that the driver of the semi was driving when, for some unknown reason, the truck drifted into the emergency lane and hit a stalled car with an occupant inside. As a result, the semi truck burst into flames, the LMPD said.

The truck was carrying 75 barrels of whiskey.

The driver of the truck sustained non-life-threatening injuries and was transported to University Hospital. The driver of the car that was hit sustained minor injuries, Mitchell said in a statement.

The left shoulder, right shoulder and all eastbound lanes were blocked in the mile marker 4.6 area of Cane Run Road.

The lanes was blocked for “an extended period of time,” Metrosafe said.

The lanes were reopened at around 12:25 a.m. on Monday.

The LMPD Traffic Unit is investigating.

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