Fayette County

What kind of crash forces traffic to back up for 3 miles on New Circle?

Lexington Traffic Management Center images from backed up traffic on New Circle Road near Tates Creek Road.
Lexington Traffic Management Center images from backed up traffic on New Circle Road near Tates Creek Road.

A series of wrecks that started at an exit ramp merge on the inner loop of East New Circle caused significant traffic backups for a few hours Thursday.

According to Lexington police, a vehicle was trying to merge onto the inner loop of New Circle from outbound Nicholasville Road when it struck another vehicle. That created a chain reaction of four rear-end collisions, police said.

The Lexington Traffic Management Center reported one vehicle flipped.

One person involved in the collisions was transported to University of Kentucky Chandler Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

Traffic was backed up on New Circle from Nicholasville Road to Alumni Drive.

Traffic was running smoothly on New Circle by 10:00 a.m.

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