Crews finish repairs to Valley Creek overpass

-A A +A
By Sarah Bennett

Eastbound traffic at mile-marker 132 of Western Kentucky Parkway near Elizabethtown was reduced to one lane Wednesday while crews continued to repair railings sheared off a bridge during a semi wreck Tuesday.

Orange barrels lined the bridge over Valley Creek as crews with the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet replaced guard and side rails on the overpass, according to the cabinet’s District 4 office in Elizabethtown. The repairs were expected to be finished Wednesday.

The bridge itself is structurally sound following the wreck, according to transportation officials.

Early Tuesday afternoon, Judith I. Bishop, 61, of Caneyville was driving east in a semi truck when she dropped off the left side of the roadway, according to a news release from Kentucky Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Region 2.

Bishop, who was driving for Indiana-based Summitt Trucking, overcorrected and struck the guard rail, according to the release. She then crossed both lanes and hit the opposite guard rail.

After crossing lanes again, Bishop struck the bridge and overturned, police said.

The truck landed on the passenger side with the rear of the trailer hanging off the bridge, according to police.

The trailer, which was carrying a load of dairy products, opened during the crash, causing half-and-half cream to leak onto the bridge and into the creek below.

According to transportation officials, the truck and cargo were cleared by Wednesday.

State environmental officials also responded Tuesday to test water’s condition and ensure oxygen levels were not depleted by the introduction of creamer.

On Wednesday, Doug Finlay, deputy director of Hardin County Emergency Management, said officials reported the water’s oxygen levels were fine and no treatment was required.

Sarah Bennett can be reached at (270) 505-1750 or sbennett@thenewsenterprise.com.