All lanes of I-65 have been reopened following the Tuesday morning crash in Hart County involving a semi.
Transportation and law enforcement officials have collectively decided to expedite cleanup from this morning’s semi crash at Mile Point 74.5 on Interstate 65 in Hart County by concentrating cleanup efforts on the northbound driving lanes and coming back after the Thanksgiving Weekend to cleanup the semi trailer and cargo.
With wet pavement and spilled diesel, the main focus at this time is removing the tractor portion of the semi and making sure the roadway is cleaned properly. Threatening winter weather conditions also contributed to the decision.
After the emergency phase of the cleanup is complete, the southbound (left) shoulder will be closed and a caution tape perimeter will be placed around the semi trailer. These measures will remain in place until cleanup resumes on Monday, December 2nd. Message boards will be activated near the crash site to alert motorists of the cleanup area.
Currently, traffic is backed up approximately 6 miles southbound and 8 miles northbound. One lane of northbound traffic is utilizing the right shoulder, as cleanup permits, to get around crash debris. The left southbound lane remains closed.
An early-morning fire Friday at the Limestone Branch Distillery in Lebanon is under investigation by Kentucky State Police, the ATF and the state fire marshal’s office.
Trooper Billy Gregory says police got a call about a break-in at the distillery on Veterans Memorial Highway about 6 a.m. EST. When officers arrived, they quickly called the fire department.
“They were able to save the building without a huge loss and there were no injuries,” said Gregory. “At this time, the investigation has led us to believe that someone forced their way into the building and set the fire.”
Warren County sheriff Jerry "Peanuts" Gaines has been sworn in as the newest president of the Kentucky Association of Counties Executive Board. Gaines is the first sheriff to ever serve in the one-year position.
Gaines said he wants to bring more conferences and meetings of the group to the Warren County area and work with local officials such as Kentucky Supreme Court Chief Justice John Minton to develop a better way for sheriff's offices serving papers.
But overall, Gaines says KACo runs well and he just wants to continue the success it's had so far.