Fayette County

50-year-old woman killed in Lexington interstate crash. Rain may have been a factor.

Lexington traffic camera

A single-vehicle crash killed a 50-year-old West Virginia woman and temporarily closed one of Lexington’s major interstate exit ramps Monday morning.

The crash happened just after 8 a.m. on Interstate 64 east at the southern split, according to the Lexington Traffic Management Center.

The passenger in the vehicle, Valeria Nelson of Huntington, W.Va., died at the scene from multiple blunt-force injuries, according to the Fayette County coroner’s office. The driver was taken to University of Kentucky Chandler Hospital with serious injuries, according to Lexington Police Lt. Chris Van Brackel.

The driver likely lost control of the vehicle due to heavy rain, and it hydroplaned on the exit ramp, Van Brackel said. The vehicle struck a concrete barrier, he said. Speed was not a factor, according to Van Brackel.

The exit ramp from Interstate 75 south to I-64 east was closed for more than two hours as a result of the crash, the traffic management center said. The wreck led to traffic backups.

The ramp reopened around 10:45 a.m. Monday, according to the traffic management center.