(ELIZABETHTOWN, KY (May 14, 2013)) – A semi has overturned, striking the bridge over Valley Creek on the eastbound lanes of the Wendell H. Ford Western Kentucky Parkway in Hardin County.
The accident site is just west of Elizabethtown. All eastbound lanes remain closed. Westbound lanes are open. Eastbound traffic must exit at White Mills (Exit 124). Motorists wishing to continue east toward Elizabethtown should proceed to US 62 via KY 84 from the exit. US 62 traffic in Elizabethtown is very heavy at this time. Local traffic should be aware of the increased volume and allow additional time to reach their destination.
The semi struck guardrail on approach to the eastbound bridge then sheared off the railing on both side walls before coming to rest on it’s side, middle way across the bridge. About half of the trailer portion of the vehicle came to rest hanging over the bridge. The truck was carrying a load of dairy products. The resting position of the vehicle along with it’s cargo contents are complicating the removal and cleanup process. The closure is likely to last another 3 hours.