By Becky Killian / Editor
Both southbound lanes of Interstate 75 were closed for hours Thursday south of Corbin after multiple crashes occurred involving several passenger cars and two commercial vehicles.
The crash happened about 4 p.m. about four miles south of Corbin’s southern exit in a heavy rain. It appeared to involve five passenger vehicles and two commercial trucks.
Anne Hoskins, of Corbin, was among those drivers caught in the snarl after she saw a Crown Victoria ahead of her strike a UPS tractor-trailer.
Hoskins, who was on her way to a meeting in Williamsburg, said she had already slowed her vehicle considerably because of poor visibility.
“I just could not believe how fast some of the cars were passing me,” Hoskins said.
After seeing the collision, Hoskins said she pulled her car onto the shoulder. She was uninjured and her car wasn’t damaged.
Two Ohio residents — Daryl Minor and Bev Cox — witnessed a collision involving three passenger vehicles and a Trimac tanker trailer.
Cox said the tanker stopped so she and Minor were pulling off the side of the road from the fast lane when a silver SUV “barreled past” them. The SUV struck a car, which then hit the tanker trailer. Another vehicle behind the SUV was also involved in the crash.
It appeared there were several undamaged vehicles, like Hoskins’ car and the truck in which Minor and Cox rode, interspersed among the damaged vehicles.
As emergency responders worked, both lanes of southbound traffic backed up for more than four miles within about an hour of the crashes. People left their vehicles to talk to other drivers, to make phone calls and to walk dogs.
Some drivers opted to turn their vehicles around and drive north along the crowded southbound lanes, wending their way to an emergency turnaround to make U-turns.
Traffic was diverted from the interstate along local highways in south Corbin, causing backups there, as well.
Some people were injured in the crash and were transported to the hospital, although the exact number of the injured and the extent of their injuries wasn’t clear as of Thursday afternoon.
The Kentucky State Police Post 11-London is investigating the crash. Other responding agencies included the Whitley County Sheriff’s Office, Emergency Management personnel, Whitley County Ambulance and Goldbug Fire Department.
Southbound closed for hours Thursday south of Corbin
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