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Blowout causes truck fire, eastbound parkway closed

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By Staff

The driver of a tractor-trailer rig that burst into flames after hitting a concrete barrier on the Bluegrass Parkway was unhurt, according to the Nelson County Sheriff’s Office.

The press release did not identify the driver.

The accident happened a minute before midnight on Sunday in the eastbound lanes, in the vicinity of the 10 and 11 mile markers.

When deputies arrived soon after the accident to find the semi’s tractor and trailer engulfed in flames, the driver was outside the vehicle and was not injured.

The driver said he had a tire blowout, causing him to lose control of the truck and hit the barrier. The impact caused the fuel tank to rupture and ignite.

The vehicle had been hauling electrical equipment, which was destroyed along with the truck.

The accident caused the parkway to be shut down for several hours, according to the sheriff’s report.

Nelson County Fire and Rescue and the Boston Fire Department responded, and the Department of Highways was called to assist with the cleanup.

At 10:20 a.m. Monday, Chris Jessie, a spokesman for the state highway department, sent out a media notice that the accident scene had been cleared and all lanes were reopened.

The eastbound lanes were closed at Exit 10 several hours stetching into the morning workday commute, and traffic was detoured onto Nelsonville Road and Boston Road toward Bardstown.

The eastbound lanes had been closed from exit 10 for three or four hours, and traffic was detoured onto Nelsonville Road and Boston Road toward Bardstown.