Officer Brian Gilliam
Public Affairs Officer
Kentucky State Police
CVE Region 3
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Collision Involving Numerous Commercial Vehicles
Date of News Release: 02/07/2011
(Shelby County, Ky) -- On Monday February 7, 2011 at approximately 11:22 am Officers with the Kentucky State Police Division of Commercial Vehicle Enforcement responded to a report of a collision on Interstate 64. Near the 36 mile marker on Interstate 64 Officers located six vehicles that been involved in two separate collisions. During the collision investigation witnesses advised that two commercial vehicles had slowed in westbound traffic due to the wet weather and the report of a vehicle ahead sending a large amount of smoke into the air. A third commercial vehicle, which was traveling at a much greater speed than the slowed traffic, attempted to move westbound between the slower vehicles. That commercial vehicle caused heavy damage to the first two and then struck a van traveling in the same direction.
Following the first collision a second one occurred in the slowing traffic when one westbound commercial vehicle struck the rear of yet another westbound commercial vehicle.
At least two of the commercial vehicles involved in the collisions were transporting hazardous materials but none of those materials were reported to have spilled on the roadway. No charges have been filed at this time.
No injuries were reported in either of the collisions but the traffic impact has been significant. Officers advise that westbound Interstate 64 will remain closed for at least three hours from the time of the collision while all of the large vehicles are removed. Traffic for that section of the Interstate is being routed onto U.S. 60 with the assistance of local agencies, Troopers and the Department of Transportation.