Slick conditions cause numerous wrecks on I-75, other Lexington streets

jwarren@herald-leader.comMarch 17, 2014 

Slick conditions cause numerous wrecks, including this one on I-75 and Clays Ferry on Sunday, March 16, 2014.

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A light coating of snow and ice caused a wave of wrecks on Interstate 75 and many other roads in Lexington early Monday morning.

Because of ice, police temporarily closed portions of a few roads, including the Alumni Drive overpass at New Circle Road, and Appian Way at Accord Road, according to the Lexington Traffic Management Center.

Officers reported that many roadways were ice covered during the morning rush hour.

The biggest mess was on southbound I-75 at the 111-mile marker, near the southern interstate split, where six vehicles and a tractor-trailer rig tangled around 7:30 a.m. Two ambulances were sent there.

Officers worked two injury crashes and a dozen non-injury wrecks between 6 a.m. and about 8:30 a.m., as well as helping three drivers whose cars became stuck, Lexington Police spokeswoman Sherelle Roberts said.

Accidents occurred on numerous Lexington streets, including Alumni Drive at Grafton. Wrecks also were reported at Greendale Road and Sandersville Road and at Georgetown Road and Parallel Road, the traffic center reported.

Another wreck caused probems at the north I-75 exit at mile marker 113 and at the I-75 south exit at mile marker 110.

The storm that led to the accidents Monday morning also caused accidents Sunday night.

One of those accidents involved a Lexington police car that was parked in the emergency lane to assist motorists involved in a minor wreck at mile marker 115 on I-75. A vehicle struck the patrol car, said Lexington police Lt. Eddie Hart. The officer was not hurt and the patrol car had minor damage.

The driver was taken to a local hospital because he complained of neck injuries, Hart said.

Two lanes of I-75 near Clays Ferry also were temporarily closed after a tractor-trailer hit a vehicle towing a mobile home. No one was hurt in that accident, Hart said. But the contents of the mobile home — including two motorcycles — were strewn across two lanes of traffic, Hart said.

Jim Warren (859) 231-3255.

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