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I65 shut down near Hart - Barren County line due to crash

Update, 6:30pmCT - I-65 southbound crash is cleared at mile point 54. All lanes are now open. - Chris Jessie
Update, 3:45pmCT - Southbound remains closed. SB detour remains active. Complete cleanup is expected to last another 3 hours. Personnel on scene are working toward opening one SB lane as soon as possible. - Chris Jessie
Update: 12:30pmCT - Northbound is now open. Northbound detour removed. Southbound remains closed and detour remains in effect from Munfordville (exit 65) to Cave City (exit 53). Closure for southbound cleanup will take several hours. Will continue to update. - Chris Jessie
Update; 11:52amET- Detour routes remain in effect same as from the 10:30 update. Materials from the crash vehicle have still not cooled down enough to allow opening of northbound. Still estimating that southbound will be closed for several hours. Northbound can be opened when the materials mentioned above cool enough for safe passage. Please see caution notices from previous story and updates. Chris Jessie
Update: 10:30amCT - Crews are now clearing southbound queue only. Southbound I65 remains closed. EM is waiting on the crash vehicle temperature to cool enough to allow opening of northbound, probably within the hour. Southbound will likely be closed several more hours for cleanup. Detours from previous release remain in effect. Traffic is heavy on US 31W. Motorists may wish to use US 31E as an alternate. Local traffic should use caution crossing intersections of the alternate routes. Commercial traffic passing through between Bowling Green and Elizabethtown is urged to use the Natcher and WK Parkways. - CHRIS JESSIE

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I65 shut down near Hart - Barren County line due to crash
Traffic is heavy today because of The KMEA Marching Band Championships in the Bowling Green Area. (However, this does not affect the route CM-7-County area AAA bands take to Scottsville, KY).

By Chris Jessie, Public Information Officer
KY Transportation Cabinet, Elizabethtown, KY

Elizabethtown, KY (9:33amCT - October 27, 2012) - Interstate 65 is closed north and southbound between Cave City and Munfordville near the Barren County line due to a commercial vehicle accident. Northbound traffic is being directed off the interstate at Cave City (Exit 53) and back on the interstate at Munfordville (Exit 65). Southbound traffic is being detoured off at Munfordville and back on at Cave City using US 31W and US 31E. (The initial detour was via Horse Cave at Exit 58. The new detour includes Munfordville at Exit 65)

Traffic volume is extremely heavy on the interstate with the Kentucky Music Educators Association Marching Band Championships in the Bowling Green area. More than 50 high schools and their followers are using corridors including Interstate 65 this morning. For those traveling south towards Bowling Green for this event, US 31E to Glasgow and then to Interstate 65 via the Louie B. Nunn Cumberland Parkway will also provide an alternate route.

Local traffic should use caution when crossing US 31W and US 31E intersections.

Commercial vehicles going through from Bowling Green/Elizabethtown may wish to utilize the Natcher Parkway and the Western Kentucky Parkway as a detour.

This story was posted on 2012-10-27 10:10:19
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