A single vehicle wreck in Muhlenberg County Friday night sent the driver to an Evansville hospital and earned him a trip to court on DUI charges.
Kentucky State Police say 42-year old Billy Troop of Beech Creek was eastbound on River Road around 11pm when he failed to make a curve and ran off the road.
Troop’s vehicle overturned before finally coming to rest, with an ambulance first taking him to Muhlenberg Community Hospital. He would then be transported to St. Mary’s Hospital in Evansville, where he was treated and released.
Trooper Jerry Knight cited Troop into court for allegedly driving impaired.
Christian County dodged another bullet when it came to severe weather this afternoon, as there was some minor damage—but nothing like what it could have been.
There were two separate severe thunderstorm warnings for Christian County and a wind gust of 83 miles per hour was recorded on Fort Campbell during the latest storm. A tornado warning was issued for northern Todd County at one point and a severe thunderstorm warning later, but a dispatcher said there was no damage recorded there.
A roof was blown off a home near Bremen in Muhlenberg County, while a portion of the roof was blown off the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet headquarters on North Main Street in Madisonville.
A home on Jaygeo Street in Madisonville also sustained damage, with the back of its roof peeled back and the other side blown away.
Golf ball sized hail damaged homes in Trigg County along Princeton Road and Stone Street. More significant and widespread damage was reported in areas to the north and south of the southern Pennyrile and no injuries were reported in Christian and surrounding counties.
It truly was a dodged bullet, as the Storm Prediction Center had issued a high risk for severe weather for the first time in nearly a year.
The decision to let school out early by administrators with the Christian County School system turned out to be a wise one.
The two severe thunderstorms that did impact the area came through between 3 and 4:15, times when students would have normally be riding on school buses.
Christian County Schools dismissed elementary students at 11:45 and middle and high schoolers at 12:45. Todd, Trigg and many other school systems made similar decisions, as did Heritage Christian Academy.
Some residents who were afraid to stay at home during the storms made their way to designated storm shelters in Christian County and rode out the weather with others looking for a safe place.
A kitchen fire at an East 7th St. home yesterday did damage, but was put out quickly by the Hopkinsville Fire Department.
The first call went out for a fire at 1527 E. 7th around 1:03pm and fire-fighters had the blaze out by 1:14. The fire began on the kitchen stove and spread to the cabinets and through a vent in the ceiling, according to the report, which says the heat melted a supply pipe to a water heater causing the water to pour onto the floor.
An estimated $5,000 worth of damage was done to the home belonging to Cherie Person and $1,000 worth done to the contents.
No one was injured in the incident.
A wreck in Clarksville Wednesday morning sent a Clarksville man to Vanderbilt University Medical Center.
The incident happened around 9:50 on Ashland City Road, according to Clarksville Police, who say a vehicle operated by Christopher Gobel of Clarksville drifted into oncoming traffic and hit a vehicle driven by Patricia Hodges of Southside, Tennessee head on.
Gobel was taken by helicopter to Vanderbilt University Medical Center, while Ms. Hodges was treated for minor injuries at Gateway Medical Center. Police say alcohol does not appear to be a factor in the incident.