Portions of Interstate 64 in Montgomery County were shut down for more than four hours Tuesday after multiple wrecks.
A day after performing at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C., the Kentucky-based cast of Our Lincoln got stuck in the pileup. Our Lincoln director James W. Rodgers had introduced the people on his Bluegrass Tours bus to a tradition of snapping fingers as they crossed state lines for good travel luck, but that didn't help in Kentucky.
The trip had seen snow all day in Virginia and West Virginia, but it didn't start sticking to the roads until after the convoy crossed the Kentucky state line.
Two buses containing members of the Lexington Singers Children's Choir got stopped on I-64 for more than two hours. A bus with members of the Lexington Singers, University of Kentucky Opera Theatre and other groups was waved off I-64 while the Interstate was briefly closed.
"So close to home," said Our Lincoln coordinator, Julie Klier.
Seven or eight collisions led to numerous injuries but no fatalities, a state police dispatcher said.
Eastbound and westbound lanes were closed between 3 p.m. and 7:20 p.m.
The Clark County Sheriff's Department was also responding to a major pileup on I-64 late Tuesday afternoon, but no one was injured, a detective said.