Beshear: Both Levels of Brent Spence Bridge Will Be Closed for at Least Several Days After Semi Crash and Fire

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet said the Brent Spence will remain closed while they clean-up, inspect and reconstruct the bridge.

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UPDATE: Gov. Andy Beshear hosted a press briefing about the incident. He said current information indicates a truck jack-knifed on the Brent Spence Bridge around 2:45 a.m. and was struck by another truck, which was carrying potassium hydroxide — a caustic chemical. 

"A fire broke out and has caused visible damage to the bridge and its concrete decking," Beshear said.

Bridge inspectors and engineers are on site, but due to the high temperature of the structure — even after the fire has been contained — they are unable to access it. The extent of damage has yet to be determined.

"The bridge, at best, will be closed several days. But we ought to be prepared for significantly more disruption than that," Beshear said.

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Both levels of the Brent Spence Bridge have been closed due to a crash. According to WCPO, two semi trucks wrecked into each other early this morning, leading to a fire and chemical spill.

The trucks reportedly crashed into each other on the lower level of the Brent Spence, but smoke from the resulting fire impacted travel southbound as well.


The fire has been put out, but the bridge will remain closed while they inspect it and clean up. There were reportedly no injuries.


The Ohio Department of Transportation is currently rerouting all southbound I-75 traffic to I-471. They suggest also using I-275.

Visit OHGO.com for alternate routes.


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