Storm causes several accidents
Monday, December 09, 2013 10:00 AM
Dozens of slide-offs and several vehicle accidents were reported over the weekend as a winter storm brought several inches of snow and ice to the Courierarea.
Jefferson County Sheriff John Wallace reported one accident with serious injury on State Road 3 in Deputy this morning. The driver, whose name hadn't been released, flipped the vehicle while traveling across a bridge at about 6 a.m. No other vehicles were involved.
The person was transported to University of Louisville Hospital but the injuries are not believed to be life-threatening, Wallace said.
This morning Wallace said the department had responded to about 40 slide-offs and seven accidents since Friday.
The biggest challenge came Friday when heavy snowfall hit the area right as residents were leaving work.
"The problem was that we had such a large quantity in such a short time," Wallace said.
Following 4 to 6 inches of snow Friday night, temperatures stayed below freezing on Saturday and Sunday brought more snow and freezing rain. The additional precipitation prompted several school delays and more closures today.
Madison Consolidated Schools, the Christian Academy of Madison and Canaan Community Academy closed today, while Southwestern and Prince of Peace Schools operated on a two-hour delay. Trimble County was on a one-hour delay.
Madison Police Department Chief Dan Thurston said officers responded to a number of accidents over the weekend, as well, especially on Friday night.
The department reported 10 property damage accidents, two personal injury accidents and eight slide-offs from 10 a.m. Friday to 6 a.m. this morning. The personal injury accidents were not believed to be serious.
Thurston said there was a two-hour window, from about 3 to 5 p.m. on Friday, when motorists had the most difficult time on the roadways because of poor visibility and slick conditions.
Thurston added that Hanover Hill and U.S. 421 were the worst areas for accidents and slide-offs.
Darrell Gayle, county highway superintendent, said crews were out all day Friday, Saturday and Sunday clearing off roadways and laying salt and cinders. Gayle said the sunshine Saturday helped melt some of the snow and ice, but Sunday's snow and freezing rain recovered some roadways.
Crews started again at 5 a.m. today.
"We've still got a lot of slick spots," Gayle said, noting that some of the gravel roads still need attention.
Madison Streets Department Supervisor Doug Vest said crews worked more than 33 hours straight to clear the roadways Friday and Saturday. They started at 1:30 a.m. on Friday and ended at 11 a.m. They also worked Sunday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Collectively, the city used 216 employee hours, 184 tons of salt and drove more than 2,000 miles.