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Crash debris creates an eyesore in Scott County

Posted at 5:45 PM, Nov 29, 2019
and last updated 2019-11-29 18:37:44-05

SCOTT COUNTY, Ky. (LEX 18) — A wreck that backed up traffic for miles and hours the day before Thanksgiving is still causing problems. Not the wreck, itself, but debris from it.

Hundreds of drivers were stuck in traffic after a tractor trailer flipped, spilling 73-thousand pounds of scrap metal on the road. All lanes of northbound I-75 were blocked as well as two southbound lanes.

Crews finally cleaned up the debris, but LEX 18 learned it was dumped at another location on U.S. 25 near Sadieville.

Jim Schulte lives in the area and doesn't understand why the metal was dumped near another road instead of being taken to the dump or elsewhere. "You don't clean up a mess like this and dump another mess, right? Why make two messes?"

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LEX 18 contacted Scott County's emergency management director who told us the truck hauling company was supposed to remove the debris Friday morning. After our calls, the direct had tarps put over the piles. He said the company is scheduled to remove all the debris Monday morning.

The driver of the tractor trailer was arrested and charged with DUI and wanton endangerment.

Jim Schulte said, in the future, he hopes officials require companies to find a better place to put crash debris instead of the side of the road.

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