Update: Sherman Minton Bridge reopens after icy road conditions led to multiple accidents

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The Sherman Minton Bridge has reopened in both directions after a light dusting and below freezing temperatures in northern Louisville and southern Indiana created dangerous driving conditions that led to multiple Wednesday morning crashes.

Eastbound and westbound lanes have reopened after black ice was on the bridge, according to Louisville Emergency Services.

All lanes of the bridge, as well as portions of Interstate 64 leading up to the bridge, were shut down just after 4 a.m., MetroSafe Supervisor Matt Goins said.

There were reports of injuries due to the accidents, though Goins was not sure whether or not any individuals needed to be transported to local hospitals.

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The snow was just a few tenths of an inch, National Weather Service Meterologist Ryan Sharp said, but "if it's on the road and it sits long enough, especially on untreated roads, when it gets driven over it can cause some of the ice that we're seeing."

As day breaks, Sharp said temperatures are expected to rise into the 40s and the area will experience warmer weather the next few days.

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Contact reporter Krista Johnson at kjohnson3@gannett.com.

This article originally appeared on Louisville Courier Journal: Sherman Minton Bridge reopens after closing due to black ice

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