WATCH: Ky. Gov. Beshear gives update on weather conditions, state’s response

Slick road conditions cause several Tri-State accidents

Slick road conditions cause several Tri-State accidents

TRI-STATE (WFIE) - Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear provided an update regarding the winter weather conditions in the Commonwealth Wednesday afternoon.

Governor Beshear said Kentucky Emergency Management (KYEM) activated its State Emergency Operations Center (SEOC) at 7 a.m. at Level 4 operations.

Operations consist of KYEM personnel monitoring the weather system along with critical Emergency Support Function (ESF) partners for transportation, law enforcement, power and utilities.

“We ask Kentuckians to be cautious of roadway conditions that will be hazardous in some areas. Please stay off roadways unless necessary,” Gov. Beshear said.

KYEM reports that black ice and icing on overpasses will occur, causing hazardous driving conditions.

“If you must travel, please reduce your speed, give yourself extra time and check road conditions before you leave at,” KYEM Executive Director Michael Dossett said.

State leaders say icing is projected with this storm, which could cause downed power lines and power outages. If possible, they say you should be prepared for the need to use an alternate heat source.

They also ask motorists not to travel if possible.

You can watch the governor’s full update in the post below.

A crash on the Twin Bridges caused a major back up for people heading north.

That happened a little after 4 Wednesday morning

Crews shut down that bridge for about an hour while they removed the vehicles from the bridge.

[ALERT DAY: Ice Storm Warning]

Slick roads caused problems all across the Tri-State.

Trooper Corey King with the Kentucky State Police said there were several slide-offs on the Audubon Parkway and Bypass around Owensboro.

No one was hurt after a semi turned over into a ditch on Oakford Road in Daviess County. Crews say they closed the road down to clean up and avoid other accidents. They also said salt trucks were on the way to help with the icy road.

Kentucky State Police say a car on Medley Road slid off the road and hit a tree Wednesday morning. Crews told our reporter on scene that no one was hurt. That road was blocked while crews cleaned up.

The Henderson Police Department is urging the public to avoid driving as road conditions continue to get worse.

Henderson police say a salt truck rolled over on Old Madisonville Road Wednesday morning.

They say the salt truck was coming to salt Old Madisonville Road, which was one of the worst roads they’ve seen all morning.

Authorities tell us the salt truck hit a slick spot when going around the car that was in a ditch. The slick spot caused the truck to hit an embankment, which caused it to turn over on its side.

Officials say the driver was stuck inside until fire crews arrived and broke a window to get him out.

They say he was OK but he was transported to the hospital for precautionary measures.

The road conditions have also caused several schools to close for Wednesday.

The road conditions have also caused several schools to close for Wednesday.

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