One lane reopened on Interstate 64 near Franklin-Shelby county line

jwarren@herald-leader.comJuly 31, 2014 

Westbound Interstate 64 in Franklin county has reopened, although traffic remains limited to one lane, Franklin County Sheriff Pat Melton said.

Melton also said that it now appears that the traffic disruption on the interstate might continue until 6 p.m. Thursday.

Westbound traffic on I-64 in Franklin County has been disrupted near the Shelby County line since a tractor-trailer rig wrecked there early Thursday morning.

Traffic was reduced to one lane for most of the morning, and police shut down both westbound lanes shortly before noon so the truck could be removed. One lane was reopened shortly before 2 p.m.

Melton said the plan now is to do environmental cleanup at the wreck site, which could mean traffic will be limited to one lane until 6 p.m.

Traffic delays at the site have caused headaches for shoppers traveling to the new outlet mall in Shelby County that opened Thursday.

Police said the westbound tractor-trailer went off the interstate and over a 40-foot embankment when its driver apparently fell asleep at the wheel before 7 a.m. Thursday. The truck was carrying 39,000 pounds of engines from the Toyota factory in Georgetown.

The truck driver and his co-driver were taken to a Frankfort hospital with injuries that were not life-threatening, Melton said.

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