Rock slide shuts down I-75 at Kentucky-Tennessee line until further notice

Rock slide shuts down I-75 at Kentucky-Tennessee line until further notice

KENTUCKY (FOX19) - Both directions of Interstate 75 are shut down just south of the Kentucky/Tennessee line due to a rock slide.

The highway is closed until further notice while crews work to clean up and stabilize the area, according to Tennessee transportation officials.

The rock slide is in Campbell County at mile marker 142, about 30 miles south of Kentucky border.

Officials were forced to shut down the Interstate after falling rocks hit several vehicles Friday afternoon. There were no reports of injuries.

The shut down couldn't come at a worse time. With Spring Break approaching, there will be thousands of people affected by this closure.

The detour routes are between 26 and 33 miles of small back roads -  many of which are two lanes. Detours would normally take about one hour, but with heavier traffic could take hours.

Here are the suggested detours posted by Tennessee officials:

SB 75 traffic is diverted off at mile marker 160 the Jellico exit according to the Campbell Co.Sheriff's Office.

  • SB 75 is shifted to State Road 297 west to State
  • Road 63 and then back to Southbound 75 at exit 141 per

NB 75 is be rerouted at Caryville exit mile marker 134

  • NB 75 traffic is being shifted off onto US Highway 25 West.  This is a 33 mile detour from Caryville to Jellico on US 25 this will add with normal traffic around one hour, heavier traffic expect much longer travel.

Truck drivers are suggesting the following route if you are traveling southbound through Tennessee:

  • Take 71 south into Louisville then pick up I-65 south to Nashville, take 24 south out of Nashville to avoid the situation completely.

There is no estimate on when the Interstate will be open. You can call 1-877-244-0065 or click here for updates.

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