One of the men in charge of the Delta Mariner as it collided with the Eggner’s Ferry Bridge January 26th gave lengthy testimony during ongoing hearings in Paducah this morning.
Third mate Captain Frank Altany appeared nervous as he testified about the moments before and after the collision that knocked out a 322-foot span of the bridge. As heard on WPSD TV’s live webstream, Captain Altany said the crew realized they were in danger of striking the structure as they drew near.
Immediately after the collision, Captain Altany said the first goal was to be sure everyone who had been on board the cargo vessel was still on the ship.
The hearings are expected to continue at least through the end of this week at Paducah City Hall and involve the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet, Foss Maritime and the U.S. Coast Guard.
Officials in Todd County are holding a tire amnesty event this weekend.
The event runs 7am to 3:30pm Thursday and Friday and 7am until noon Saturday at the State Highway Department building at 510 East Main Street in Elkton.
Dealers are not allowed to bring tires to the free tire disposal event, which comes around to area counties every three years.
Ashley Johnson of the Pennyrile Area Development District says the one dollar tire disposal fee paid when you get a new set is how these events are funded.
The disposal events have been extremely popular and well-utilized since their inception and Ms. Johnson says she hopes the grant money never dries up.
There will be a similar event in Christian County May 3rd through 5th.
There will be extra police on the streets in Hopkinsville this weekend looking to arrest anyone driving impaired.
A news release from Hopkinsville Police says they will be conducting DUI checkpoints Saturday and Sunday in the city, bringing officers from other shifts to beef up the force.
Public Information Officer Paul ray says they arrested no impaired drivers last time they did checkpoints, and that is what they hope for this time.
Officer Ray says the public is being forewarned about these checkpoints because having safe roads is their goal—not making arrests.
Police in Clarksville are also doing “saturation patrols” this weekend and both departments say there will be zero tolerance for anyone driving impaired.
Photos courtesy of Clarksville Police
Clarksville Police responded to a fatal wreck on Tiny Town Road yesterday.
The incident happened around 5pm, when police say a 22-year old man was eastbound on Tiny Town and crossed the center line for an unknown reason.
His vehicle collided with an SUV driven by 26-year old Brittany Wanless, who went uninjured.
The 22-year old male was pronounced dead on the scene and his name will be released, pending family notification.
The investigation of a car theft in Hopkinsville ended last night when the alleged perpetrator and vehicle were located.
A 2009 Toyota Camry belonging to 27-year old Johnathan Walter of Hopkinsville was reported stolen from 1014 East 7th St yesterday around 9am.
The vehicle was located near 1701 1st Street Extension and was allegedly driven by 48-year old Mark Bradshaw of Hopkinsville. A search of the vehicle also turned up crack cocaine under a floor mat and in the console.
Bradshaw was arrested and charged with theft, possession of cocaine and possession of drug paraphernalia and was lodged in the Christian County Jail.