No injuries or deaths were reported and the highway reopened by 9 a.m., according to the AP. About 17 inches of snow fell on the area between Friday and Saturday.
The backup on the interstate started with vehicle accidents caused by snow.
Kentucky State Police Capt. David Jude told CNN that there was “truck after truck after truck and cars sliding off the roadway.”
“We’re going car to car now to get people off the road,” Jude said.
Police and the National Guard went out onto the snow-covered highway to check on those stranded in their cars, and the Red Cross set up shelters. Emergency crews passed out food and water.
A band that tours nationally to play weddings and other events live-tweeted their experience being stuck in the storm and posted videos on Facebook and YouTube.
They went out in the storm to play music for trapped motorists:
Well..after almost now 3 hours, dead stopped on I-75 south at Mount Vernon, KY, Jay decided it was time to lighten the mood:) #strandedsaxUPDATE-8:11pm. Just passed hour 4 with no movement. Hoping the poor souls in the multiple wrecks ahead are OK. Staying positive. #jonasfest2016UPDATE-11:05pm, Just passed hour SEVEN! No sign whatsoever of movement. It's starting to get slap happy in here now:)UPDATE-12:58am, if you're keeping score, we are hour TEN!! It's looking like we may be here for the night. They are trying to route people off the interstate, but we just can't move. Posted by Endless Summer Band on Friday, January 22, 2016They continued inside their van:
.@WTHRcom well now over 9 hours stuck, the National Guard have shown up, and it was time for a song:) #jonasfest2016 https://t.co/7D31yTMvml -- Endless Summer Band (@EndlessSummerB) January 23, 2016[video provider="youtube" id="1A5SWpqHL98" size="xlarge" align="center"] They were stuck all night:
Hour 10!!! We may be spending the night on the interstate now. Hope the fuel holds out. @WTHRcom #jonas2016 pic.twitter.com/6FgpxmKny1 -- Endless Summer Band (@EndlessSummerB) January 23, 2016
No word or movement as we enter hour 12 of life stuck on I-75 south at exit 62 in Kentucky #blizzard2016 https://t.co/VfEITx5KFR @GoPro -- Endless Summer Band (@EndlessSummerB) January 23, 2016
After 11.5 hours stopped dead on I-75 south, National Guard has us moving off the interstate towards London,KY. Dicey roads at best. #slow -- Endless Summer Band (@EndlessSummerB) January 23, 2016Eventually they got moving again:
FINALLY MOVING! Closed I-75 rerouted off towards London, KY to hopefully continue. 11.5 hours standstill. #runninglow @WTHRcom -- Endless Summer Band (@EndlessSummerB) January 23, 2016Others tweeted photos of the snow:
Photos captured by photojournalist Justin Skeens on I-75. @WKYT pic.twitter.com/8op4VM4nMu -- CaitlinWKYT (@CaitlinWKYT) January 23, 2016
@TODAYshow Been stuck on I-75 southbound for 6.5 hours in KY mm56. National Guard on site of accident ahead pic.twitter.com/H5sj1u8Yj6 -- Megan Allred (@MeganTiffany) January 22, 2016
Stuck on I-75 Northbound in Kentucky mm40 for over an hour. pic.twitter.com/KxaHPYV5lj -- amy dougherty (@amymmoon) January 22, 2016
.@Smith51900 on #Periscope: Stranded on interstate 75 in Kentucky https://t.co/zdrLVDYCVT Stuck on Highway pic.twitter.com/zsm3yNFygF -- Karen (@miep333) January 22, 2016
Our current situation. Stuck on I-75 North in Mt. Vernon, KY. Snow is getting deep & we aren't moving. @FoxNews @CNN pic.twitter.com/jetRXHbU9s -- Jennifer (@itsrainingjenxo) January 22, 2016
Police checking on stuck drivers on I-75 @wvlt pic.twitter.com/5dMCiEtTzX -- Brittany Nauta (@WVLTBrittany) January 22, 2016One local news reporter had to report from inside her news van:
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