I-75 reopens after winter storm shuts down traffic
LONDON, Ky. (WTVQ)- Interstate-75 in Whitley, Laurel and Rockcastle counties is now open. KY HWY 80 that runs from London to Somerset has been cleared and now open.
That’s welcome news for many who had to sit and wait for hours after a couple jack-knifed tractor trailers closed the interstate down. Reports of travelers, stranded in their cars with no food or water spread quickly as many called loved ones.
“I’m thinking how long are we going to have to be there,” says one woman, traveling from New York.
Reports from the Associated Press say hundreds of drivers were stuck on I-75 overnight after a massive winter storm dumped more than a foot of snow in south central Kentucky, clogging cars and causing multiple crashes that created a 30-mile stretch of shivering passengers.
In London, the Red Cross set up a shelter.
“Several of the motorists that had came to the shelter throughout the night had been waiting at a standstill for nine plus hours,” says one organizer.
Even through the cold, a few good Samaritans walked from car to car, offering food and water. Even with all the traffic, the AP says there were no reports of injuries.