Ramp connecting I-24 and I-69 blocked due to semi crash


UPDATE: The eastbound I-24 ramp to I-69 northbound at the Exit 43 interchange in Lyon County are back open after they were closed for a time Thursday due to a semi crash.

The road was closed at that site because the truck that crashed was carrying batteries, and crews had to neutralize battery acid that spilled in the crash.

KYTC spokesman Keith Todd says as of 3:40 p.m. Thursday, all ramps are open at that location. But. An environmental crew plans to be back in that area during daylight hours Tuesday and possibly Wednesday next week.

UPDATE: A spokesman for the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet says the eastbound I-24 ramp to I-69 northbound at the Exit 43 interchange in Lyon County will stay closed longer than expected.

The closure is in place while crews clean up the mess from batteries that spilled off a tractor-trailer that crashed Thursday morning.

Spokesman Keith Todd says: “The environmental clean-up crew has spread soda ash and other neutralizing materials on the site. Removing the commercial dumpsters used for collecting the batteries has been more problematic that expected.”

Todd says cleanup is expected to take another hour and a half or so, as of 2:15 p.m. Thursday.

UPDATE: The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet says the southbound I-69 ramp to I-24 eastbound at the I-24/I-69 exit 43 interchange has been reopened to traffic.

The eastbound I-24 ramp to northbound I-69 is still closed and is expected to remain closed until about 2:15 p.m.

Drivers may self detour around the closed ramp by taking the US 62 Eddyville-Kuttawa exit 40 interchange, then heading east on US 62 to reconnect to Interstate 69.

Both ramps were closed Thursday morning due to a semi crash. The semi was carrying batteries which are still being cleaned up.

An environmental crew in on the way to treat the crash site with a material that will neutralize the battery acid spilled in the crash. Traps have also been dug in nearby drainage ditches to prevent the battery acid from getting into nearby Lake Barkley.

Once the acid spill is neutralized, clean-up work can be completed with minimal impact on ramp traffic.

Clean-up of the crash is not impacting main line traffic on I-24.

LYON COUNTY, KY – Two ramps connecting Interstate 24 and Interstate 69 together are blocked due to a semi crash.

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet says the I-69 southbound ramp to I-24 eastbound and the I-24 eastbound ramp to I-69 northbound at the I-24/I-69 exit 43 interchange are blocked. This is near Eddyville.

The crash has had no impact on traffic on the main line of I-24 and the other ramps at the interchange are open.

Traffic trying to use those ramps are being directed to the I-24/KY 293 exit 45 interchange and the I-24/US 62 exit 40 Eddyville-Kuttawa interchange to loop through and use the ramps that remain open to make appropriate connections.

The truck was hauling batteries which have to be off-loaded or recovered from the debris field before the truck can be removed. No word on if anyone was injured in the crash.

The ramps are expected to be closed until about Noon.

We will be updating this story.

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