Posted: Nov 22, 2012 6:01 AM
Updated: Nov 22, 2012 6:01 AM
It was a dangerous start to the long holiday weekend, with two major wrecks more than a hundred miles apart on I-75.
Scott County authorities responded to a two vehicle accident at Southbound mile marker 129, on I-75 just before 6pm. Scott County Deputy Robert Tackett, told LEX18 that it appears a van was crossing a couple lanes of traffic in order to get to the exit ramp, it was at that time the van and a semi collided. The driver of the semi was not injured. We're told the man and woman in the van were transported to UK Hospital, the extent of their injuries are not known. At this time the cause of the wreck is under investigation.
At mile marker 4, near Jellico there was another bad crash Wednesday evening. A spokesperson with Kentucky State Police said they responded to the accident at 6:04 pm. According to authorities a van heading southbound swerved for unknown reasons, lost control and rolled through the median before side-swiping a tractor trailer heading north, transporting gasoline. Authorities said five people were in the van, three or four of them were ejected and flown to a Tennessee hospital another passenger was seat-belted in and taken by ambulance to a local hospital. The wreck backed up traffic and re-routed much of I-75 between mile markers 1 and 11 for nearly five hours. At this time the exact cause of the accident is under innvestigation.