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March 3, 2014

Emergency, police agencies seeing few accidents in latest winter weather

MADISON COUNTY — Except for an accident involving tractor-trailers on Interstate 75 Sunday night, emergency responders and police agencies across Madison County reported a fairly uneventful Monday morning during the latest round of winter weather.

“Things have been pretty slow, which is good,” County Emergency Management Agency spokesperson Kelly McBride said late Monday morning as snow was still falling.

For the first time, the EMA activated its temporary headquarters in Berea Sunday night in anticipation of the storm, she said. The majority of the agency moved to the site last week as renovations will begin soon on the Emergency Operations Center on South Keeneland Drive in Richmond.

Construction on the expanded EOC is expected to be complete in spring 2015, according to Director Carl Richards.

The only power outage McBride reported occurred Sunday afternoon off Goggins Lane near Hickory Hills. It was quickly repaired by the utility company, she said.

A major contributor to the lack of problems with the storm was not as much ice was dumped on the area as originally anticipated, McBride said.

“That’s what we want to hear,” she added.

Madison County Sheriff’s Deputy Willard Reardon said the only major accident the agency has worked related to the storm involved two semis on Interstate 75 Sunday night.

Shortly before 10 p.m., a large northbound truck jack-knifed near the Clays Ferry Bridge and struck another semi. The trailer came loose on the first truck and went across the barrier wall into the southbound lane, according to Madison County Fire Chief Jim Cox.

The bridge was extremely slick from the falling sleet, and the emergency responders had difficulty staying on their feet, Cox said.

No one was injured in the accident, but all of the interstate’s northbound lanes were shut down as well as two southbound lanes for about five hours. Police closed on-ramps at Exits 90 and 95 in Madison County during the clean-up.

Except for Sunday night’s wreck on I-75, few accidents had been reported in the county Monday morning, Reardon said. The sheriff’s office employed its Humvees, donated by the Army a few years ago, to assist some motorists who were stranded after their vehicles slid off the road, he said.

“Today was a pretty good day to use them,” he said.

Reardon attributed the lack of major weather-related accidents or problems to many businesses being closed.

“Richmond post’s spokesperson, Kentucky State Police Trooper Robert Purdy, also said the morning had been pretty uneventful for troopers.

Richmond Police Chief Larry Brock said as of noon Monday, the department had handled 35 motorist assists (stranded, off road, stuck, etc.), three traffic accidents, two traffic light failures and a welfare check.

“However, we are seeing a lot of vehicles stranded due to conditions.

As of midnight Monday, the Berea Police Department reported three noninjury accidents within city limits. One occurred on the interstate and two in private parking lots, all in the early morning hours, said BPD administrative assistant Kellie Beavers.

Officers also assisted nine drivers during this time, many of which slid off the road or had trouble navigating icy roadways.

Register News Writer Crystal Wylie contributed to this report.

Sarah Hogsed can be reached at shogsed@richmondregister.com or 624-6694.

 

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