Pembroke Road was closed for about 20 minutes at the Bypass this morning while crews worked to get a natural gas leak stopped.
The Hopkinsville Fire Departments responded around 9am after someone called the ECC to report a strong smell of gas and a hissing sound. Fire-fighters confirmed a leak and evacuated nearby B and M Industrial Supply as a precaution. Minutes later, they closed Pembroke Road.
Atmos Energy soon arrived and stopped the leak, allowing the roadway to re-open by around 11:20.
A single-vehicle wreck on U.S. 68 in Trigg County this morning sent a Cadiz woman to a Nashville hospital.
The report from Kentucky State Police says 61-year old Nona Bennett of Cadiz was eastbound about 2.5 miles west of Cadiz around 8:40 when she swerved to miss an animal in the roadway. Ms. Bennett ran off the road and struck a tree, trapping her in the vehicle.
The Trigg County Rescue Squad extricated Ms. Bennett from the vehicle and she was flown by Air Evac helicopter to Vanderbilt University Medical Center.
Last year was a deadly one on Kentucky roadways and experts say many of those tragedies were preventable.
Kentucky State Police say a total of 737 people were killed on commonwealth roads, which was an increase of 17 from the previous year. KSP Sgt. Rick Saint-Blancard says what makes that number even more tragic is how many were not buckled up.
Sgt. Saint-Blancard says distracted driving also contributed to several of the wrecks that claimed lives last year.
KSP says 140 people lost their lives in wrecks involving the suspected used of alcohol and that 321 of the 586 people killed in motor vehicles were not wearing a seat belt.
The Christian County Sheriff’s Office has joined forces with the Pennyroyal Regional Prevention Center to offer a prescription drug drop box.
Anyone with expired or unused prescription pills can safely dispose of those medications at the Sheriff’s Office on West 7th Street between 8am and 4:30pm in the drop box that’s similar to the one offered at the Hopkinsville Police Department.
The boxes are meant to increase public safety by getting unwanted medications out of people’s homes, where they have the potential to be abused or accidentally wind up in children’s hands.
Sheriff Livy Leavell says he sincerely hopes the citizens of Christian County will take advantage of the opportunity to help create an environment that protects children.
Someone broke into an elderly Greenville Road woman’s home while she was gone for Christmas, stealing nearly 17-hundred dollars worth of property.
The report from the Christian County Sheriff’s Office says 74-year old Betty Davis of Greenville Road was gone Christmas week and returned home to find her house ransacked.
The perpetrator had taken two televisions, clothing, a safe, jewelry and cash with a total value of $1,675.
Police believe someone forced open a window to get inside and left with the property out the back door. The investigation continues and no suspects are listed on the report.