Blustery, icy weather causes crashes as road crews prepare for more to come


Mutlimedia Journalist - Julie Collins
Photojournalist - David Dycus

MCCRACKEN COUNTY - Beginning at 6:30 Thursday, January 3rd Kentucky Sate Highway road crews hauled over 150 tons of salt and dumped it on every road in McCracken county.

"We got out and started getting some bridges and within a matter of 30-45 minutes the road temperatures fell on down causing the white stuff," says supervisor Keith Ballard.

Underneath that snow was slick black ice that took some early morning commuters by surprise. Kentucky State Police (Post 1) responded to 53 accidents in 2 hours. KSP (Post 2) responded to 34 accdients while Marshall, Graves and McCracken County all say their mornings were filled with several single car accidents and several two car collisions that did not result in injuries.

The cold temps will drop even more in the coming days so warming centers like the one at Missionary Baptist Church on Washington street are getting prepared.

"We will provide dinner, breakfast and cots and a hot shower and pretty much anything they will need if they didn't have a warm place to stay," says minister Latasha Williamson.

The warming centers open at 6:30pm. Doors lock at 10:30pm. You must bring a photo ID with you to check in.