Over a dozen crashes plagued I-75 Friday

Posted at 4:59 AM, Jan 03, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-04 00:47:49-05

CINCINNATI — A single stretch of Interstate 75 saw over 15 crashes on a drizzly Friday, prompting the Cincinnati Police Department to issue a warning to drivers: Slow down if you value your safety.

The first crash involved a jack-knifed semitrailer and five other vehicles — three semis, two passenger cars. The cleanup shut down I-75 near Paddock Road for several hours during the morning rush.

The second crash happened on south I-71/75 in Kentucky just past the Brent Spence Bridge. Drivers were backed up to the Kyle's Lane exit at one point in the morning. The highway reopened around 8 a.m.

More crashes continued throughout the day, police said, doubling and then tripling the usual daily total of three or four.

Lt. Steve Saunders said the wet weather likely contributed to the wrecks.

‪“Now is a good time to check your tires, check your tire pressure, make sure you have things in your vehicle so if you do have an accident, you are prepared," he said. "Be dressed for the weather or at least have clothing and items in your car (such as) water, supplies you might need.”