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Police: Speed and alcohol could be factors in fatal I-75 wreck

Lexington police said speed and alcohol could be factors in a crash on Interstate 75 that resulted in the death of a Falmouth woman.

Jenna L. Crawford, 26, died from massive head and stomach injuries, according to a news release from the coroner's office. She was pronounced dead at 6:17 a.m.

Lexington police said in the news release Thursday afternoon that Crawford was traveling at high speed when her 2003 Chevrolet Cavalier struck the rear end of a southbound tractor-trailer. Police said the car then struck a bridge side wall, crossed over and hit the opposite side wall, then stopped in the freeway. A second southbound tractor-trailer then struck the car, pushing it into the median and ejecting Crawford. Toxicology results for all three drivers are pending, police said.

Lexington police responded to a call about the crash on Interstate 75 south at the northern split with I-64 near the 118 mile marker just after midnight. Crawford was taken to University of Kentucky Chandler Hospital, where she later died.

A police K-9 unit and a helicopter searched the area to be sure there were no other occupants in the car, police said.

Police closed lanes of I-75 afterward.

Traffic was rerouted off southbound I-75 at exit 120, Ironworks Pike, and I-64 westbound while the crash was investigated and debris was cleared from the road. The lanes were closed until 11:10 a.m. Thursday.

Funeral arrangements are being handled by Peoples Funeral Home in Butler.

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