Drivers stuck overnight on I-24 in western Kentucky
Just like Wednesday drivers stood stranded on I-24 for about 12 hours Thursday night.
Two semis jackknifed near Cadiz and again hundreds of drivers were stuck for the night- including one of our own. Local Six’s Juliana Valencia was trying to drive back home from Nashville on her day off- but it took a lot longer than expected.
She left Nashville around 2 p.m.
Just before 6 p.m.
Juliana said roads between Exit 65 and Exit 56 near Princeton were still really bad around 8 a.m. There was a layer of ice making it difficult to drive on. Once past the Calvert City Exit the roads got better, and she finally arrived in Paducah.
Getting stuck for about 12 hours could have been dangerous for Juliana, but luckily she was prepared. She had things like food, water, blankets, and a cell phone charger.
Update the emergency kits in your vehicles with:
shovel a scraper and small broom windshield flashlight powered radio battery batteries extra water food snack matches hats, socks and mittens extra aid kit with pocket knife first medications necessary blanket(s) chain or rope tow salt and sand road cables booster flares emergency distress flag fluorescent
6:30 a.m. Update: A Kentucky State Police dispatcher for Post 1 tells us that the semi truck stuck on the road because of frozen brakes is now off the road. A tow truck arrived to move the truck out of the way. The truck is not out of the
4:00 a.m. Update: A Kentucky State Police dispatcher for Post 1 tells us that a tow truck has reached a semi truck that’s stuck along the interstate with frozen brakes. The dispatcher tells us the interstate traffic is moving slowly and until the truck is successfully towed it will still be a stop and go situation for those drivers. The dispatcher said a service truck tried to make repairs and to get the truck moving
Any drivers stuck in traffic with the ability to exit off the interstate are encouraged to do so.
12:40 a.m. Update: A Kentucky State Police dispatcher in Madisonville, KY tells us crews are still working to get traffic moving along Interstate 24 in Caldwell County. She says they moved
She tells us they are not working anything on the interstate going east, so traffic should be moving going that way.
Crews are currently preparing to take food and water to those stuck on the interstate. She says they are currently gathering supplies and they will be on their way as soon as possible.
Original Story: Some drivers remain stuck on Interstate 24 at this time. Keith Todd with the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet tells us I-24 in Caldwell County is partially blocked again due to semi’s having traction trouble from
At around 9:30, Todd has told us that both eastbound and westbound had
Remember, the cold temperatures forecasted overnight will create road frost or black ice.