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Icy Roads led to multiple wrecks, shut down of portions of I-75, I-64 and New Circle

What to do when your car ‘fishtails’ on slick roads

Billy Fryer, director of training at the Fayette County Attorney Driver Education program, uses a modified Toyota Camry nicknamed the Skid Monster built to purposefully fishtail to show the three most common types of vehicle skids and a way to man
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Billy Fryer, director of training at the Fayette County Attorney Driver Education program, uses a modified Toyota Camry nicknamed the Skid Monster built to purposefully fishtail to show the three most common types of vehicle skids and a way to man

Icy road conditions were to blame for multiple wrecks early Sunday morning and the partial shut down of Interstate 75 and New Circle Road in the Lexington area.

Police had to shut down both southbound and northbound lanes of Interstate 75 near the Scott County line early Sunday morning after seven wrecks in that area, WKYT reported. The road was closed for more than an hour.

Portions of New Circle Road also were shut down due to multiple wrecks between Harrodsburg and Versailles roads. Police reopened New Circle Road shortly after 9:10 a.m.

Crews were working to get salt trucks to I-75 and New Circle Road to address the icy roads.

Lt. Jeremy Tuttle of Lexington Police Department said between 5 a.m. and 8 a.m. there were 10 injury and 18 non-injury collisions throughout Lexington. None of the injury collisions resulted in serious injuries, Tuttle said.

A section of Interstate 64 near the Franklin County line was also closed due to an accident. Traffic was diverted off the interstate as crews work to clean up that wreck, police said. That section of I-64 re-opened before 11 a.m.

When the potential of winter weather looms, here are some tips for driving on icy or snow-covered roads.

Beth Musgrave has covered government and politics for the Herald-Leader for more than a decade. A graduate of Northwestern University, she has worked as a reporter in Kentucky, Indiana, Mississippi, Illinois and Washington D.C.
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