Kentucky Transportation Cabinet talks road safety as reconstruction crews work Thursday night's I-65 crash site

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BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (WBKO) -- After a fatal accident on Interstate 65 on July 13th, state officials are urging travelers to use caution while driving, especially when passing through construction zones.

"Any time that there is a major crash on any state route, we assist when called upon by law enforcement," says Wes Watt with the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet, District 3 in Bowling Green.

A call came in just after 10:30 Thursday night saying there had been an accident on I-65 near mile marker 30.

"When troopers and commercial vehicle officers arrived on scene, they found two passenger vehicles and two commercial vehicles had been involved in the collision," Trooper Jeremy Hodges with Kentucky State Police told 13 News on Friday -- the day after the accident.

Both semi truck drivers were treated at the scene for minor injuries.

The coroner pronounced six of the seven passengers in the two other vehicles involved dead at the scene.

One juvenile survived the accident, and as of our last contact with KSP, was at Vanderbilt Hospital being treated for serious injuries.

As of Tuesday, Kentucky State Police and accident reconstruction crews are still working to figure out exactly what caused this crash on I-65 Thursday night.

During that time, the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet in Bowling Green says it's also working to plan out meetings and figure out what it can do to make sure everyone stays as safe as possible on the roadways.

"We will review the circumstances determined by the local law enforcement who are investigating the crash," says Watt.

"It appears that everything that was supposed to be in place by the contractor doing the construction in the area, had everything that was supposed to be in place," he adds.

Still, crews are working to determine an exact cause.

They started to set up late Monday afternoon with tripods and equipment on the roadway but had to leave once crews got called out to work a separate crash off Highway 185.

Transportation officials say reports show an increased amount of traffic on the roads right now -- likely due to lower gas prices.

"We implore people to slow down and be alert in construction zones and when approaching construction zones. It's a problem not just in our district -- statewide and nationwide," says Watt.

He adds, "We just cannot stress enough for people to please pay attention and be alert when near a construction zone."



 
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