Morning commute slowed after collapse

Overpass collapse in Cincinnati. (Photo/WLWT)
Overpass collapse in Cincinnati. (Photo/WLWT)

CINCINNATI, Ohio (AP) – Commuter traffic is building up on highways around Cincinnati hours after an interstate overpass undergoing demolition collapsed, killing one person and injuring another.

Reports say traffic is slowing on northbound Interstate 71 coming into Cincinnati from Kentucky and on southbound 71 by the Interstate 275 interchange.

Roads are also getting busy around the University of Cincinnati as drivers attempt detours.

The Cincinnati police chief is urging morning commuters to plan ahead in light of the accident on Interstate 75, one of the main roads into the city.

Police chief Jeff Blackwell asks drivers to stay away from the collapsed overpass on I-75 north of downtown Cincinnati and leave plenty of time to get to work Tuesday.

Authorities are warning the area around the overpass could be closed for days.

WDTN.com will stream a live news conference with the Cincinnati police and fire departments about the collapse.  It is scheduled for Noon.

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