Snow and ice cause dangerous driving conditions at Hopkins Co.


MADISONVILLE, Ky. (WFIE) – When the snow fell and ice gathered on the roads Thursday, it was much more difficult for drivers to get from point A to point B.

It was the first snow of the year in Madisonville, something that has a unique effect on drivers.

“Normally everyone, by the time we get the first one, they’ve forgotten the last one, so they think they can drive normally on the pavement, they forget about slippery road conditions,” Major Charles Young with Hopkins County the sheriff’s office said.

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The snow made it a busy day for the Hopkins County Sheriff’s Office, who spent the day monitoring road conditions, communicating with state and local road services, and assisting drivers in the event of a accident or who have slipped out of the road.

“Most people don’t realize that when it snows like today, it starts, it wets the roads, once the pavement gets wet the more snow falls on it freezes the layer on the asphalt, so you You’re basically driving on snow over ice, ”Young said.

Some drivers say it’s important to remember how different it is to drive in snow and ice.

“Very different,” said Charles Shepherd, a Madisonville resident. “Not everyone is prepared for these conditions, so now you have to be even more aware of the other person. And of course I just had eye surgery so I have to be extremely careful.

It made some people thankful for having a safe car.

“When I left work a few minutes ago you know I just didn’t have it in four wheel drive but when I pulled up here at the gas station I went ahead and I put it on four-wheel drive, ”a Madisonville resident said Kimberli Francois. “You know, if I have it, let’s go ahead and use it.”

The sheriff’s office says they had more than ten crashes and landslides in the area on Thursday, but that number can be misleading. They monitor slippery areas and do not report slips if there are no injuries or damage.

They encourage drivers to slow down, to leave space between cars on the road, and if you can help it, don’t be on the road at all.

“We’re just asking people to be as careful as possible,” Young said. “And if you don’t need to go out, don’t.”

The Hopkins County Sheriff’s Office says more than 37 miles of I-69 are located in Hopkins County. This, along with all their other roads, kept them busy.

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