A woman died and several other people were taken to area hospitals after an accident on Interstate 64 near the Fayette-Clark County line Monday night, police said.
The eastbound side of I-64 was closed after the accident, which occurred about 7:30 p.m., Lt. Edward Hart of Lexington police said. Several vehicles were involved. As of 10:30 p.m., the road was still closed as police attempted to sort out details and clear the wreckage. Hart said that the eastbound side of the interstate, just beyond the Haley Pike exit, was expected to remain closed for another four or five hours.
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The woman was driving a small passenger car that apparently was struck from behind by another car as she was slowing down, possibly to avoid something in the roadway or because of the condition of the road, Hart said. The woman's car was knocked into a barrier wall in the center of the roadway. She was either getting out of her car, or seated with her car door open, when her vehicle was struck again by another eastbound vehicle. Other vehicles became involved while attempting to avoid the wreck.
Police think at least eight vehicles were involved in the accident. The woman was taken to University of Kentucky Hospital, where she died. Police did not release her identity Monday night.
Three other people were taken to area hospitals, and one person was treated at the scene.
Hart said that, while weather conditions may have played a part in the chain reaction, the initial crash was caused by the inattention of the driver who was behind the woman who was killed.
Traffic was being diverted to Haley Pike.
Hart said that Lexington police had responded to several accidents throughout the city caused by slick roads.
"That's what's taking up most of our night is accidents," he said.