Weather snarls traffic on I-71

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By The Staff



As snow fell Thursday, weather related accidents kept emergency responders hopping.

Kentucky State Police Public Affairs Officer Michael Webb spent most of the day on the road. Webb, who updated the Local on road conditions around 2 p.m. from the road, and advised drivers to avoid traveling on I-71 anywhere in Henry County this afternoon and evening.

“For all intents and purposes this is not where motorists want to be,” Webb said. “It’s moving like pond water. We still have several issues to address.”

The southbound lanes from Campbellsburg to La Grange were like a parking lot, he said, adding that law enforcement was just trying to keep vehicles in the traffic jam from rear-ending one another.

"All of Henry County (on I-71) is a parking lot,” he said, “but we’ve not had a lot of calls on secondary roads.”

As predicted, the snow began falling around 6:30 a.m. and continued throughout the morning hours.

By 1 p.m. even some responders fell victim to road conditions when an emergency vehicle reported being forced into a ditch on Interstate 71. It was en route to a reported overturned vehicle in the northbound median at mile marker 28.

Emergency vehicles already were on the way to another one-car crash in the same location on the southbound side.

There was an accident reported around 11 a.m. on U.S. 421 close to Six Mile Jamboree and the Franklin County line resulting in a minor injury.

Andrea Clifford, the Public Information Officer for the Kentucky Department of Highways issued a press release at 3:42 advising that the state's highway crews were still working to clear snow-covered roads before temperatures plummet tonight. "Crews will continue treating and plowing roadways throughout the evening and overnight hours," the press release said. Clifford wrote that salt and other anti-icing agents lose potency in extremely low temperatures, making it critical for the road crews to get roads cleared as early as possible.

Henry County Public Schools superintendent Tim Abrams said he made the call to cancel classes at 5:45 a.m. based on the forecast.

He said there was a glitch in the one-call system so not every parent received a phone call, but the closure was listed by all Louisville television stations.

Abrams said HCPS also will be closed tomorrow, Friday, Jan. 8.

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