Sentinel-Echo.com

Homepage

January 7, 2014

Weather creates travel problems

LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. — Freezing rain, black ice and snow were the challenges faced by travelers during the first two days of 2014.

Road crews from the state, city and county were out in full force during the inclement weather, as were emergency crews and law enforcement agencies.

Black ice created hazardous roadways on Thursday morning, with numerous injury and property damage incidents taking place throughout the county. The Laurel County Sheriff’s Office reported investigating 15 incidents Thursday.

Snowfall during the afternoon and night brought even more treacherous driving conditions to the area that night and Friday morning. The major roadways in the area  were relatively clear with the exception of a few slick spots. Hal Rogers Parkway, U.S. 25, Ky. 80, Ky. 30, Ky. 192, Ky. 490, Ky. 363, Ky. 229, Ky. 638 and Ky. 472 were all fairly clear as the morning commute began. Side roads and other roadways were still snow-covered in many spots and motorists were urged to use extreme caution as the roads should be considered slick and hazardous.

Dropping temperatures and wind chills near zero further complicated the winter chill, commonly referred to as a “Hercules storm” with its strong winds, massive areas of snowfall, and wide range of coverage across the mid and northeastern sections of the country.

The New Year’s holiday kept law enforcement busy with numerous complaints investigated. Several traffic crashes, including some with arrests for driving under the influence, alcohol intoxication and public intoxication. In addition, some shoplifting arrests were made over the holiday season.

However, no fatalities were reported in Laurel County over the New Year’s holiday.

 

njohnson@sentinel-echo.com

1
Text Only
Local News
Swiss officer

Switzerland police officer Fabien De Lucia learned more about American police procedures by riding along with Laurel County Sgt. Greg Poynter the last two weeks.

Local Sports
senior.jpg

Drew Allen tried to score in the fifth inning on a single by Braden Houston. Allen thought he slid in under the high tag, but was called out on the play. North Laurel won the game, 5-0, to force a second championship game Friday night, too late for this edition.

Opinion
Features
Galleries
Crime
Community Events
Must Read
Facebook
AP Video
Rodents Rampant in Gardens Around Louvre House to Vote on Slimmed-down Bill for Border Looming Demand Could Undercut Flight Safety Raw: 2 Shells Hit Fuel Tank at Gaza Power Plant Raw: Massive Explosions From Airstrikes in Gaza Giant Ketchup Bottle Water Tower Up for Sale Easier Nuclear Construction Promises Fall Short Kerry: Humanitarian Cease-fire Efforts Continue Raw: Corruption Trial Begins for Former Va Gov. The Carbon Trap: US Exports Global Warming UN Security Council Calls for Gaza Cease-fire Traditional African Dishes Teach Healthy Eating 13 Struck by Lightning on Calif. Beach Baseball Hall of Famers Inducted Israel, Hamas Trade Fire Despite Truce in Gaza Italy's Nibali Set to Win First Tour De France Raw: Shipwrecked Concordia Completes Last Voyage Raw: Sea Turtle Hatchlings Emerge From Nest Raw: Massive Dust Storm Covers Phoenix 12-hour Cease-fire in Gaza Fighting Begins
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide
Poll

Now that school is out, what are your family’s summer vacation plans?

A. No major plans. We will probably hang out around Laurel County.
B. Going to the beach!
C. Kentucky has a lot of wonderful state parks, and we plan to visit a few and enjoy quality family time.
     View Results