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Snow storm causes traffic jams and accidents across Commonwealth

Stu Johnson

Hazardous driving conditions are anticipated the next day or so in many parts of Kentucky. The Commonwealth’s first winter storm of 2022 brought with it several inches of accumulation across numerous counties. Residents in sections of Eastern Kentucky expected to see up to eight inches. Kentucky Transportation Department Spokesman Chuck Wolfe said portions of Appalachia were already coping with weather-related issues. “They were already facing a lot of difficulty from flooding and from rockfalls blocking roadways and this is before the snow ever came, so you have a real unfortunate convergence of events in an area like that,” said Wolfe.

Wolfe said there were some significant mishaps including a jack-knifed truck along interstate 75 at the Clays Ferry Bridge south of Lexington and another incident along I-64. He noted backed up traffic can hamper the response of towing equipment. Wolfe added some travelers from other states may not be thinking of what’s ahead of them. “Your interstates and parkways get a lot of through traffic, people going to and from other states. That is a problem in and of itself because they don’t always know what’s going on in a state that they’re just driving through,” explained Wolfe.

Wolfe said all 1600 pieces of state snow removal equipment are available this week. He added the national guard was pulled in to help address transportation issues.

Stu has been reporting for WEKU for more than 35 years. His primary beat is Lexington/Fayette government.
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