MT. VERNON, Ky. (WYMT/WKYT) – New statistics show the number of crashes on Interstate 75 in Kentucky is increasing.
The data shows since 2010, there have been more crashes on the busy highway than on any other in Kentucky.
Sister station WKYT reports major road work in Rockcastle County could be part of the reason more crashes are happening in that area.
“They’re blasting all the time. Traffic is slowing. You got barrels, construction, vehicles coming in and out of locations. It’s a dangerous stretch of road right now,” Kentucky State Police Trooper Scottie Pennington said.
In the last year alone, there were more than 300 crashes between mile markers 50 and 72. Two people have died, including one person from Ohio on Sunday night.
Trooper Pennington believes several factors make the stretch of road in Rockcastle County dangerous, including speed.
In some areas, when traffic is stopped due to the construction project, drivers have no space to pull off the road.
One part of the project is complete, but officials say the entire project will not be finished until October 2020.