No one was injured, but a Todd County man was arrested following a two vehicle wreck on U.S. 68-80 Thursday afternoon.
Local police had been told to be on the lookout for a gray sedan leaving Dairy Queen shortly before the incident happened, as a witness believed the driver to be intoxicated. Elkton Police Chief Jerry Pepper said he was in the area and headed that way and soon got the call there had been a wreck at the intersection of Jefferson Davis Highway and the 68 Bypass on the west side of town.
Chief Pepper says witness accounts indicate 32-year old Demetrius Tyler of Guthrie ran the stop sign and drove into the path of westbound vehicle driven by Makayla Peterson of Lewisburg. The t-bone collision sent Tyler’s severely damaged car off the road and down an embankment.
Almost miraculously, no one was injured, but Tyler was arrested and charged with driving under the influence. He was lodged in the Todd County Jail.
Pennyrile Electric expects all of its power outages to be restored today after almost 48 hours of continuous hard work by its crews and contractor.
Mark Giltner says they still have 132 members without power in Christian County, 35 in Trigg County and a new outage has six members in the dark in Todd County.
Giltner says the Pennyrile Service region won't be completely out of the woods until all of the ice has melted.
This ice storm wasn't as severe as 2009, but Giltner said all ice events are as bad as it gets for electric providers.
A new dusting of snow and continued cold temperatures have left back roads, side streets and bridges and overpasses still slick and hazardous. Motorists will likely have to use extra caution until we one day get back above the freezing mark.
School is out in Christian and most surrounding counties Thursday as the temperature failed to rise above freezing Wednesday and the area got an additional dusting of snow.
Christian, Todd, Trigg, Hopkins, Muhlenberg, Caldwell, Logan and Stewart County schools are dismissed, as are Heritage Christian Academy, Saints Peter and Paul and Russellville schools.
Pennyrile Electric crews have been out since Tuesday evening and had the number of members without power down to a little less than 250 by early Thursday morning.
All of the outages in Todd County were fixed, all but two members had power again in Logan County, 40 remained in the dark in Trigg County and Christian County still had 184 members without electricity.
Mark Giltner of Pennyrile says remaining problem areas in Christian County include Doug Combs Road, where 61 members are out, there are 45 members out on Wade Road, 26 on Clark Store-Sinking Fork Road, 22 members on Collins Bridge Road, eight on J. Knight Road, 12 members out on Kyle Road and three members in the dark on Wagoner Road. They anticipate all outages to be restored today.
Hopkinsville Electric System and Kentucky Utilities didn’t report any outages in Christian County.
Road conditions have improved in many places, but motorists are urged to use appropriate caution, especially on bridges, overpasses and lesser traveled roads.
There is another chance of snow this weekend, but the National Weather Service doesn’t expect it to cause major problems.
Significant progress has been made in restoring power to people who were left in the dark after Tuesday’s ice storm.
Mark Giltner of Pennyrile Electric says the number of members without power in Christian County is down to 567, including 182 on Dawson Springs Road. An outage on Old Fruit Hill and Wade Road has 45 members without power and 36 members on Bainbridge Road are out.
Todd County has the most members without power at 601. Pennyrile says 236 of those members are in the Dunmore-Deerlick Road area and 121 are in the Allegre vicinity.
There are 144 members in Trigg County still in the dark and the number in Logan County is down to nine.
All Hopkinsville Electric System customers who had lost power are back on and Kentucky Utilities isn’t reporting any Christian County outages.
Christian County Emergency Management Director Randy Graham says roads continue to be slick and hazardous, especially in the north end of the county and on bridges and overpasses.
The National Weather Service says parts of Christian County got a half inch of ice Tuesday after temperatures never got above the freezing mark as was forecast. There are more chances of snow this weekend, but those weather systems are not expected to cause major problems at this time.
Utility crews continue to work on restoring electricity to those who lost it during yesterday and last night's ice storm.
Mark Giltner of Pennyrile Electric says 1,217 members in the Hopkinsville district are without power, 765 in Todd County, 302 in Trigg and 87 in Logan.
The largest outages are around Dawson Springs Rd, the Princeton/Bainbridge Road area, Madisonville Road, Old Fruit Hill Road, Wade Road and the Apex area.
Hopkinsville Electric System General Manager Austin Carroll said all outages have been fixed and Kentucky Utilities isn't reporting any outages in Christian County.
Western Kentucky Disposal has canceled their trash pick up for residents in the City of Crofton, due to sagging power lines, downed limbs and ice on streets. They hope to resume collection tomorrow.
School was out again in Christian and surrounding counties and Hopkinsville Community College operated on a delay.
Christian County Emergency Management Director Randy Graham says roads continue to be slick and hazardous, especially in the north end of the county. Any areas that had melted could re-freeze as temperatures fall through the 20's.
The National Weather Service says parts of Christian County got a half inch of ice after temperatures never got above the freezing mark as was forecast. There are more chances of snow this weekend, but those weather systems are not expected to cause major problems at this time.
photo provided by Heather Lancaster