TRAFFIC ALERT: Road closure planned for I-27 Wednesday

Roads closed for accident investigations
Published: Jul. 10, 2018 at 4:01 PM CDT|Updated: Jul. 11, 2018 at 5:39 AM CDT
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LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - Two roads will be temporarily closed on Wednesday for police to conduct two separate accident investigations for crashes that happened last week.

At 8 a.m. on Wednesday, the LPD Accident Investigation team will shut down all northbound lanes of I-27 between 34th Street and 19th Street exits.They are investigating a crash that happened on July 4, 2018 between a motorcycle and a car. Northbound traffic on I-27 will be forced to exit 34th Street. Drivers will be able to get back on I-27 north of 19th Street. The closure is expected to last two to three hours.

The Lubbock Police Department has identified 33-year-old Marcus Smith as the motorcyclist injured after a crash on Wednesday evening.

Police say there was a collision between a car and a motorcycle, both headed northbound. The accident was reported around 8:20 p.m. near the 2800th block of Interstate 27.

An initial investigation has determined Smith was northbound in the center lane and tried to move into the left lane, according to an LPD news release. The motorcycle hit the back of a car that was also traveling north and Smith was thrown from the bike.

He was then taken to University Medical Center by ambulance with serious injuries. At the moment LPD investigators are trying to determine if alcohol or speed played factors in this crash.

The second accident investigation will happen around 10 a.m. or directly after the first investigation. The team will head to the 1500 block of 82nd Street, where all westbound traffic on 82nd Street between Avenue L and Avenue P will be closed.

Two men were taken to University Medical Center after a crash between a motorcycle and a Chevrolet Camaro, one with serious injuries and the other with moderate injuries. The driver of the motorcycle was a 29-year-old man. The driver of the Camaro was a 40-year-old man.

The crash happened around 11 p.m. Accident investigators have initially determined the Camaro was traveling west on the right lane of 82nd Street and the motorcycle was going west in the center lane of 82nd.

The closure on 82nd Street should last until Noon.

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