Fatal Accident Shuts Down Watterson Expressway

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(LOUISVILLE, KY) - A fatal accident Thursday morning shut down eastbound lanes of the Watterson Expressway.

It happened after a semi struck a vehicle from behind causing the vehicle to spin into oncoming traffic.  

The vehicle came to rest under the semi.  The driver was killed.

Here is the full statement from Louisville Metro Police:

About 10:30 this morning, The LMPD responded to a vehicle collision on I-264 eastbound at Bardstown Rd. Our preliminary investigation reveals that a Semi- gas tanker was operating in the center lane of traffic on I-264 eastbound when the operator attempted to merge into the right lane of traffic, and struck the rear end of a Mazda Miata that was also eastbound on I-264. As a result, the Mazda was sent spinning in traffic, and collided with another vehicle that was also eastbound on I-264. The Mazda then had it final resting place under the Semi- Gas tanker. The driver of the Mazda received fatal injuries and was pronounced dead on the scene. The LMPD Traffic Unit is investigating.

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