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One car hits nine other vehicles, causing miles-long backup on New Circle Road

This crash on the inner loop of New Circle Road between Richmond Road and Alumni Drive was one of several that backed up traffic Wednesday afternoon.
This crash on the inner loop of New Circle Road between Richmond Road and Alumni Drive was one of several that backed up traffic Wednesday afternoon. Lexington Traffic Management Center

Traffic was backed up for miles on New Circle Road Wednesday afternoon after multiple vehicles were struck by one car, according to Lexington police.

A person who was driving a silver car on the outer loop of New Circle near Alumni Drive a little before 5 p.m. began trying to wedge between other cars, police Lt. Nathaniel Muller said. The silver car hit nine other vehicles before coming to a stop.

The person driving the silver car was the only person injured, Muller said. They were taken to a local hospital with injuries that were not thought to be life threatening.

Multiple cars had to be towed and debris was flung into the lanes on the inner loop of New Circle, Muller said. The crashes caused significant traffic backups on the inner and outer loops of New Circle Road.

Drivers were temporarily asked to avoid the New Circle outer loop between Tates Creek and Alumni, and the inner loop of New Circle between Palumbo Drive and Richmond Road, according to the Lexington Traffic Management Center. A portion of the outer loop was closed entirely at one point as police investigated the crashes, Muller said.

Police are working to determine if the driver was impaired at the time of the crash, Muller said. It’s possible charges will be filed.

As of about 5:20 p.m., drivers were being directed to exit New Circle’s outer loop toward Alumni Drive, according to traffic management. A few minutes later, traffic officials said all lanes of the the inner loop were open.

The outer loop of New Circle was reopened at about 6:30 p.m.

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