Police: 1 killed in I-275 EB crash, highway back open

Police: 1 killed in I-275 EB crash, highway back open
The crash happened when a driver turned a vehicle around on the ramp from KY-16 to avoid the closed highway and hit a dump truck, police said. (Source: WXIX)

TAYLOR MILL, Ky. (FOX19) - One person was killed early Friday in a crash on I-275 eastbound, according to Covington Police Captain Justin Wietholter.

All lanes of both eastbound and westbound I-275 were closed at the time of the crash due to a downed power line.

Police say a vehicle was trying to avoid hitting a dump truck.

All lanes of I-275 reopened to traffic around noon.

Around 3:30 a.m, a large power cable fell blocking all six lanes of the highway, causing damage to six to seven vehicles and lengthy delays during the morning commute, Taylor Mill police say.

A motorcyclist suffered a minor injury and was taken to a hospital.

Duke Energy crews responded to the scene, utility spokeswoman Sally Thelen said.

“We were notified of the lines across the highway just before 4 a.m. We sent an overnight crew to the scene and determined it was an inactive transmission power line,” she said.

“In order to ensure it isn’t connected to anything energized on either end of the line, we had to do a multitude of checks, which unfortunately take time. We had crews on scene the entire time of the incident. Additional crews that responded did have difficulty navigating through the traffic as you’d imagine. Just before 7 a.m., we were able to isolate, ground and cut the line to begin removal from the highway.”

Duke Energy removed the power line from the highway shortly before 8 a.m.

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