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One person dead after Friday morning crashes on I-275 in NKY

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Posted at 11:00 AM, Sep 04, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-04 11:22:47-04

COVINGTON, Ky. — One person is dead Friday after two early morning crashes shut down I-275 in Northern Kentucky just after 4 a.m., according to police.

Captain Justin Wietholter with the Covington Police Department said one person died after their vehicle struck a dumptruck in the second of the two crashes on the highway.

The highway was initially closed in both directions between KY-16 and the AA Highway because of a downed, inactive power transmission line, according to Duke Energy spokeswoman Sally Thelen.

After Duke crews shut the highway down to clean up the downed line, the first crash happened. The first crash, Wietholter said, led to the second, fatal crash, and he called the fatal crash "accidental."

Eastbound I-275 near Taylor Mill Road is still shut down.

WCPO will update this story as more information becomes available.