I-24 open after truck hauling candy overturns

January 10, 2019 at 5:44 AM CST - Updated January 10 at 1:34 PM

MARSHALL COUNTY, KY (Heartland News at 9) - An overturned semi blocked both eastbound lanes of Interstate 24 Thursday morning.

Keith Todd with the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet says the crash happened around 5:24 a.m. the 18 mile marker near the Marshall County, Kentucky line.

KYTC officials opened one eastbound lane of I-24 around 6:53 a.m. The recovery crew moved the truck to allow traffic to pass.

They said the truck was hauling a load of candy. That load had to be removed from the vehicle so it could be up-righted.

At one point, crews had to remove three to four pallets of candy.

Once the truck was emptied, a towing crew began to up-right the truck. While this took place, McCracken County DES and deputies diverted all eastbound traffic off at the US 68 Reidland-Paducah Exit 16 Interchange.

The detour was via US 68 West to take US 62 East through Possum Trot to return to I-24 at Calvert City Exit 27.

According to McCracken County officials, the Marshall County Sheriff’s Department was also on scene.

Approximately at 1:15 p.m. all eastbound lanes were reopened and the crash site was cleared.

There was no impact on westbound traffic according to officials.