Icy Conditions Keep Kentucky Travel Hazardous

Posted at 12:15 PM, Jan 23, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-23 13:31:05-05

Crews in Christian County, Kentucky have worked over the last few days to keep roads clear, but freezing temperatures have caused renewed challenges.

Despite around the clock efforts to remove the snow, there was a new threat on Hopkinsville roads. With continued temperatures in the 20s, cleared roads were refreezing.

A state of emergency was still in effect in Kentucky. 

Crews have rotated three 12-hour shifts since the first round of winter storms on Wednesday. They put down 200 tons of salt.

Primary routes were pretreated with again Thursday afternoon before the freezing rain came.

Crews with 10 trucks, including 8 snowplows were back on the streets Friday at 4 a.m. to treat roads before more rain and snow hit.

Officers with the Hopkinsville Police Department responded to 25 crashes with property damage, and three injury crashes. At one point they had more than 20 calls of drivers sliding off the roads and getting stranded.

On Friday, there were only a few stranded drivers. One plow truck was involved in a single, minor vehicle accident.

Kentucky Transportation Board spokesperson Keith Todd with the said roads improved enough Friday, state crews were able to take care of C-routes.

There was a tree limb that snapped because ice weighed it down on Younglove Street. It toppled on a power line and took out power to several homes. No one hurt but crews had to bring in chainsaws and clear the debris.

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Officials said fortunately there were no major power outages or crashes.

Mayor Carter Hendricks said the majority of the roads had been salted and plowed by Friday afternoon, and the snow began to melt. Secondary roads were still untouched but conditions were improving.

By Saturday those conditions changes for the worse.

Between 7 p.m. on Friday and 5 a.m. Saturday, dispatchers received several calls of wrecks - fortunately none with injuries. There were an additional 20 cases of people driving off the road and getting stuck.

A Kentucky state employee was found dead after becoming stuck on the side of the road in a snowplow in Pembroke Saturday morning. Officials said the cause of death was likely medical in nature, and not because of the crash. 

Snow drifts were also a huge problem Saturday. Todd said 4 to 5 foot snowdrifts in Graves County shut down three highways.

Snowdrifts also forced two highways to shut down in Henderson County.

A couple of semis got stuck in the interstate median in Trigg County because of ice Friday night.

All of the highways have since reopened.