Five hospitalized after 10-vehicle accident on I-71 SB

Five hospitalized after 10-vehicle accident on I-71 SB

Five hospitalized after 10-vehicle accident on I-71 SB

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by WHAS11 News

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Posted on July 14, 2012 at 2:22 PM

Updated Saturday, Jul 14 at 11:48 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- Interstate 71 southbound reopened between the 14-mile marker and the Gene Snyder around 5 p.m. Saturday following multiple accidents in Jefferson and Oldham counties.

Around 1:30 p.m. Saturday, five people were taken to the hospital after a 10-vehicle accident occurred on I-71 southbound near the Gene Snyder.  One semi was involved.

Of the five people injured, none were seriously hurt.

According to Brennan Lawrence of the Worthington Fire Department, while crews were on the scene of the 10-vehicle accident, another accident occurred about one mile north of the scene that resulted in a young child being injured.

"We did have a semi carrying approximately 36,000 pounds of paint product," said Brennan Lawrence, Worthington Fire Department.  "Nothing is leaking at this time so there's no concern for the area or the environment."

I-71 southbound remains shut down at the 14-mile marker to divert traffic away from the accident scene.  Crews hope to have the road open in the next couple of hours.

According to Brennan Lawrence, the rain may have played a role in the crash.
"As the sporadic rain showers move through the area, this is the second time we've been out on the interstate today," said Lawrence.  "Conditions do change quite rapidly in massive downpours."

I-71 northbound traffic is flowing.

We will continue to keep you updated as more information becomes available.

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