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Snow & ice cause treacherous, messy travels across Kentucky

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Pennyrile Pkwy at mile marker 44 near Madisonville. Pennyrile Pkwy at mile marker 44 near Madisonville.
Monday afternoon accident on the Pennyrile Parkway near the Hanson exit. Monday afternoon accident on the Pennyrile Parkway near the Hanson exit.
KENTUCKY (WFIE) -

The latest batch of winter weather made for a treacherous and messy commute around the Tri-State.

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet says the majority of roads across all Kentucky counties were covered with snow and ice Monday morning.

An accident Monday afternoon on the Pennyrile sent two to the hospital and affected traffic for a couple of hours. A medical helicopter was even called to the scene of an accident on the Pennyrile near Hanson, KY.

Officials say William and Angeleque Payne were removed from a vehicle that had flipped over. William was taken by helicopter and Angeleque by ambulance for treatment.

Highway crews have been working around the clock to keep routes passable. Transportation officials say crews have made good progress on treating and plowing 'A' and 'B' Snow Priority Routes. They say many of the 'C' routes may have to wait until Tuesday morning.

Officials say the sunshine has helped the salt and chemicals fight the ice, but crews are going to be limited in their impact overnight. They expect refreezing overnight and don't think there will be too much improvement until Tuesday morning. However, crews will be ready in emergency situations.

The Cabinet says it's best to avoid unnecessary travel and continues to remind motorists to:

  • Exercise greater caution when driving. Slow down.
  • Be prepared for slick conditions.
  • Give a wide berth to snow plows and other heavy highway equipment.
  • Eliminate distractions while behind the wheel.

Condition reports on major routes are available by calling 511 or by logging onto the 511 traffic and travel information website, 511.ky.gov.

The cabinet's SAFE Patrol is available to assist motorists whose vehicles become disabled on Kentucky interstates and parkways. 

For SAFE Patrol assistance, call 511 or toll-free at 1-877-FOR-KYTC (1-877-367-5982).

In light of the recent winter storm, the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet has waived certain highway restrictions for out-of-state utility vehicles traveling nationally to areas with widespread power outages.

Secretary Mike Hancock today issued the emergency declaration that provides temporary regulatory relief for crews heading to the affected locations. 

"Lifting these restrictions allows crews to work more expeditiously in restoring power to homes and businesses across the nation," said Secretary Hancock.

The order exempts a driver's hours of service limitation, suspends registration requirements and waives permit fees for overweight/overdimensional vehicles. Drivers will also not be required to stop at weigh stations.  All other safety requirements will remain in effect for drivers.

The declaration expires on March 8.

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