Clarksville Police say a combination of hazardous road conditions and driver errors resulted in 23 crashes, with 13 of those wreck resulting in injuries from 7 a.m. through 10 a.m. today.
Police say the majority of the crashes happened on Interstate 24 between Exits 1 and 11 and that one of the more serious injury crashes occurred around 7:15 a.m. when a 32 year old woman, who was 19 weeks pregnant, lost control on the ice covered bridge near exit 4 and flipped several times until it came to rest in a ditch.
According to witnesses, the driver was partially ejected hanging out the driver’s door.
Police say the woman was taken by ambulance to Gateway Medical Center and then transferred to Vanderbilt in stable condition with multiple fractures and head trauma.
Meanwhile, Hopkinsville Police say this morning was quiet on area roadways with Officer Paul Ray giving details about the activity from midnight to noon today.
Officials with the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet say crews were not injured when two salt trucks in Muhlenberg County slid off the road and into a ditch this morning.
The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet Muhlenberg County Crew responded to a report of a slick spot on KY 25-51 in the Bremen area of the county.
Officials say as a truck was spreading salt on the slick spot, it slid off the road into a ditch and that another truck that attempted to salt the roadway to allow the first truck to be recovered also slid off in the ditch.
Officials say this is a testament to some of the hazards faced by highway crews out during the early morning hours while they were trying to improve driving conditions for everyone else.
The trucks were recovered and are being repaired so they can return to service.
Congressman Ed Whitfield today joined 70 other bipartisan Members of Congress in sending a letter to Acting Secretary of Labor, Seth Harris, to express their strong opposition to the department’s decision to eliminate 3,000 student slots and suspend student enrollment at Job Corps Centers across the nation.
The decision would affect roughly 650 student slots at the Earl C. Clements Job Corp facility Morganfield.
This is third time in the past 12 months that the Department of Labor has suspended or cut student enrollment in the Job Corps program due to budget constraints.
The Department of Labor has not provided Congressional offices with the amount of money that will be saved by implementing these policies.
Governor Steve Beshear and Lieutenant Governor Jerry Abramson are urging Kentuckians to apply for the earned income tax credit.
Governor Beshear says thousands of low to middle-income Kentuckians are eligible for assistance.
Beshear made the announcement as part of National Earned Income Tax Credit Awareness Day, and launched his annual campaign to urge eligible Kentuckians to apply for the tax credit.
Officials say the E-I-T-C is a refundable federal tax credit for low- and middle-income working individuals and families.
The governor was quoted as saying that despite being employed, many hardworking Kentuckians and their families face financial struggles and this credit is a valuable resource they can use to help buy food and clothes, pay bills and more.
In 2011, Kentuckians filed nearly 401,000 EITC claims for a total of more than $905 million in benefits statewide.
According to the Internal Revenue Service an estimated 15 to 20 percent of eligible workers still do not claim their EITC benefits, mostly due to lack of awareness.
The Hopkinsville Police Department conducted another “warrants and summons blitz” Wednesday, serving several dozen by the time the effort was done.
A news release says Warrants Officer John Bracey and seven other officers conducted a five-hour detail in which they focused on serving as many warrants and summonses as possible.
When it was over, nine warrants and 30 summonses had been served, with six of those individuals arrested. Public Information Officer Paul Ray says there is a distinctive correlation between people wanted on warrants for other crimes and their committing new crimes before being located.
Officer Ray says Wednesday’s effort helped get wanted people off the streets, thus possibly helping to prevent future crimes in Hopkinsville.