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Most roadways open after hectic morning for Tri-State drivers

Semi-truck fire on I-74/US 52 near West Bend Road
Posted at 11:02 AM, Dec 08, 2021
and last updated 2021-12-08 12:01:40-05

CINCINNATI — I-71/75 northbound was one of numerous hot spots for crashes and road closures across the Tri-State on Wednesday.

The right lane of I-71/75 North was blocked in two spots after separate crashes: at mile-marker 175 near Richwood Road and mile-marker 183 near Donaldson Highway. The road was re-opened around 11:30 a.m.

These were among dozens throughout the area, the result of light snowfall that melted, refroze and caused slick conditions. The conditions were worse in Northern Kentucky which saw numerous highway crashes, partial lane blockages and road closures.

Snowfall ranging from a dusting to just under an inch fell overnight and made roads slick before freezing over. Northern Kentucky took the brunt. Many drivers complained that Kentucky's roads weren't treated with salt, with several WCPO 9 News crews noting they didn't see any trucks out treating the roads on their way in overnight.

In Ohio, I-74 at North Bend Road was closed due to a semi-truck fire. Crews used extreme caution because the truck was hauling a tanker trailer. The crash blocked all lanes of I-74 west past Montana Avenue for about an hour.

No major injuries have been reported from any of the crashes, but commutes were slow on this first accumulating snowfall of the season.

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