Scott County

Hydroplaning caused traffic pileup on I-75 in Scott County


Northbound Interstate 75 in Scott County was closed for about three hours Saturday afternoon because of an 11-car pileup.

The crash occurred at about 2 p.m., when ponding water at the 121 mile marker caused vehicles to hydroplane, said Sgt. Ben Jones of the Scott County sheriff’s office.

Of the 11 vehicles involved in the crash, 10 of them were “very severely damaged,” he said.

He said two people were taken to University of Kentucky Chandler Hospital with injuries that were not thought to be life-threatening.

“It was very fortunate it wasn’t worse,” Jones said.

He said a 12th motorist was involved but managed to navigate the collisions without crashing into anything else.

Lexington police shut down northbound I-75 at the Ironworks Pike exit, police Lt. Jackie Newman said. Traffic was routed up Ironworks Pike and Georgetown Road.

An electronic sign warning about ponding water was posted near the crash scene before the pileup.

“It’s just got poor drainage in that area recently,” Jones said, adding that state officials have been notified of the problem.

At the same time emergency crews were working the pileup, a tractor-trailer jackknifed on southbound I-75 at the 122 mile marker, Jones said.

He said that that collision was cleared up relatively quickly.