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Icy Roads Lead to Several Wrecks

Jordyn Elzie, Staff Writer

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Around 7:40am on Wednesday February 7, 2018, in Owensboro and surrounding areas, roads were extremely dangerous to drive on.  It was said that salt trucks were called out to treat roads a little before 7:00am.  The by-pass in Owensboro was at a complete halt at one point due to four crashes. Highway 231 and the Natcher Parkway were equally affected around the same time. The by-pass alone had reports from the Kentucky State Police stating there were at least ten wrecks on the scene.

Freezing rain, as well as sleet, started migrating through Kentucky, leaving trails of covered roads and vehicles. The areas that were projected to be the worst were being treated first. Crews from Union, Webster, Daviess and Ohio counties were the most active during the night patrol. They were out late attempting to beat the freeze.

It was reported that the temperature of the pavement held right at the freezing mark through the night. Eventually, temperatures started to drop as the course of the freezing rain traveled on.  That still didn’t do much for the roads and didn’t stop the progressive amount of accidents on the streets.

Motorists advised others to stay home because the actual amount of collisions that had occurred Wednesday morning. There were 46 reposted accidents that happened throughout this winter mixture, along with 21 pending accidents.  Salt trucks eventually were able to aid most of the streets and open the roads for the daily commute.

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