I-69/Purchase Parkway near Mayfield back open after semi crash

GRAVES COUNTY, Ky. (KBSI) – Interstate 69/The Purchase Parkway near the 21 mile marker in Graves County was closed for about five hours on Wednesday, Oct. 12 after a crash involving a tractor trailer.

The crash initially blocked all lanes of Interstate 69/The Purchase Parkway.

James Gammon, 56, of Tennessee, was traveling south on Interstate 69 and lost control of his semi due to the slippery surface, according to the Graves County Sheriff’s Office. His semi dropped off the roadway and he was not able to gain control. The semi crossed lanes and struck the concrete barrier wall separating the south and northbound lanes.

In an effort to remove the truck from the barrier wall, all lanes of I-69/Purchase Parkway had to be closed for a time Wednesday afternoon.

This is in the Mayfield Exit 21 Interchange where I-69 meets the Purchase Parkway, KY 80 and U.S. 45 at the southwest edge of Mayfield.

The truck was in the southbound lanes. When it hit the barrier wall it knocked a large chunk of concrete into the northbound lanes and scattered debris along the northbound lanes, according to the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet.

Kentucky Transportation Cabinet personnel removed the chunk of concrete from the northbound lanes.

The Mayfield/Graves County Rescue Squad, Mayfield/Graves County EMS, the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet, Graves County Emergency Management, Kentucky State Police and Mayfield Police Department assisted.

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