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January 25, 2013

Pulaski County on ice

Wintry blast results in dangerous roadways


Somerset —

“We are still urging people to use extreme caution,” said Wood.
Emergency responders asked earlier Friday that drivers not take to the roadways unless absolutely necessary — and that request was still in effect going into Friday evening.
“It is really slick out there,” said Pulaski County Public Safety Director Tiger Robinson. “It’s best to just stay in for awhile.”
Parkers Mill Volunteer Fire Department Assistant Chief Keith Price echoed those thoughts.
“It’s like looking at your reflection,” Price said late Friday morning, about the icy conditions of the roads. “Wrecks (are) everywhere. People need to stay home … so far nothing serious. Mainly (drivers are) just sliding off the road.”
Friday’s icy accumulation was enough to cause some spotty power outages.
South Kentucky RECC reported through its Facebook page that people were without power at times on Cox Lane in Tateville, Cabin Hollow Road outside the Ferguson area, and Ky. 1003, Denton Phelps Road and Pea Ridge, located off of East Ky. 80 in far eastern Pulaski County. Those outages affected more than 100 people.
The freezing rain continued on and off throughout much of Friday morning, finally tapering off after 12 p.m. What remained were icy roads that left many struggling to control their vehicles. Pulaski County 911 reported 71 accidents — one with injuries — as a result of the ice. That number includes accidents in the city and county.
Lt. Shannon Smith, with the Somerset Police Department, said SPD officers responded to 35 of the 71 accidents. Several of those involved multiple vehicles at one location — including one incident on Ringgold Road that involved an SPD cruiser.
“That’s not a big thing,” Smith said. “He slid just a few feet off the road and we were able to get him out pretty quick.
“I can’t tell you the last time one of our guys was in a wreck during the course of their day, which is a good thing,” Smith continued.

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