Frozen roads cause havoc and a little fun for kids in Hopkinsville

Truck wrecks on icy I-24
Posted at 5:39 PM, Feb 11, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-11 20:01:00-05

HOPKINSVILLE, Ky. (WTVF) — A pickup truck remained mired in mud and ice, on the side of I-24 West in Hopkinsville for hours Thursday morning. "The truck was pulling a car trailer, hit the guard rail and went over the guard rail," said Andy Gmitter, owner of Andy's Towing.

Gmitter says he was able to haul away everything else involved in the crash, except for the pickup. "It tore it all to heck," he said.

When the muddy and icy mess just wouldn't let go, he had to call one of his competitors. "I’m just grateful Tatum’s came with a two ton [truck] because my little one ton wasn’t getting it out," said Gmitter.

But even Rick Tatum's truck struggled. At one point, the weight from the pickup lifted his tow truck's cab into the air. Eventually, they were able to get it loaded and out of the way.

In downtown Hopkinsville, Bruce Carter and his partner have been zig-zagging their plow truck all over town since sunrise. "We’ve been working and everything diligently to get the streets as best as we possibly can," said Carter. "I think for what we’ve had, we’ve got them in pretty good shape."

Unfortunately, the sun didn't really shine Thursday, meaning the streets they had already plowed quickly iced up again. "After the temperature drops down later this evening we’re looking at probably refreezing," said Carter.

But it wasn't all work. Alize Powers and her cousin Skylar slid right into fun, playing around on the icy roads in their apartment complex parking lot. "It’s 29 degrees outside. It’s really cold," said Powers.

Alize and Skylar didn't have to go to school today. They had an asynchronous learning day, but they did learn a lesson or two. Most importantly, they learned why it's important to have an ice-scraper. "Um, using my fingernails," said Powers. "I don’t know how we’re supposed to get this off."

Their errand on this icy day? To go get a little more. "A bag of ice and I don’t know what else," said Powers.