Sunday, September 09, 2001

Wrecks snarl traffic on I-75 bridge

The Cincinnati Enquirer

        COVINGTON — Heavy rain and hail was partially blamed for two wrecks on the Brent Spence Bridge that caused havoc with Interstate 75 traffic late into the night Saturday.

        A tractor-trailer going south hit a portion of the bridge near the Kentucky side at 6:30 p.m., Covington police reported. Four other vehicles were involved in that wreck. Officials didn't know how much structural damage was done to the bridge.

        Police said one of the two trailers the truck was pulling ripped open, spilling its load of vacuum cleaners. Debris from the wreck fell into the river and onto the deck below, which carries I-75 northbound traffic.

        At the same time, a vehicle wrecked in the northbound lanes of the bridge. That car flipped on its hood. Officials said they didn't know if the second wreck was caused by falling debris.

        Police said there were no injuries from either wreck, which closed southbound lanes of the bridge.


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