Multi-vehicle crash blocks lanes on I-65 southbound in Hart County
UPDATE: A multi-car crash southbound on Interstate 65 had many in traffic for hours.
According to Kentucky State Police, the accident happened at the 66-mile marker where bridge repair was happening and the roadway merges from three lanes to one lane.
Officials say, traffic was congested because of the repair work, with multiple vehicles slowing or stopped in the southbound lanes.
A semi-truck driven by Geoffrey London of Leitchfield approached the congested area in the right lane and failed to yield to stopped traffic in the lane closure, and hit a Mitsubishi Galant driven by Casandra Easterly.
The commercial vehicle continued on its path of travel southbound and hit other vehicles that in turn caused a chain reaction type collision.
Authorities say some of those involved were a Nissan Altima driver by Brent Botts, a Peterbilt semi-truck driven by Richard Yoder, a Jeep Wrangler driven by Dustan McCoy, a Ford Ranger pickup driven by Kay Oyler, a Freightliner commercial vehicle driven by Terry Miller and a Dodge Ram driven by Robert Esterle.
London's vehicle came to a final rest against an earth embankment located off the right southbound shoulder.
Casandra Easterly was flown to the University of Louisville Hospital for treatment of critical injuries she sustained during the accident.
Two passengers in Easterly's car were also taken to the hospital and were listed in stable condition.
Angelica Botts, a passenger of Brent Botts’ vehicle, and Kay Oyler were both taken to TJ Samson Hospital for treatment of a non-life threatening injury.
A multi-vehicle crash near Mile Marker 66 has all lanes blocked southbound on I-65.
A detour is set up via Exit 71 at Bonnieville where motorists can continue South and rejoin I65 at Exit 65 in Munfordville via US 31W.
Clearing is expected to take four or more hours.
Significant Southbound delays should be expected in the area.
Motorists may wish to utilize US 31E from Hodgenville or even Western Kentucky Parkway to William Natcher Parkway routes via Exit 91 around the area.