Winter Weather Coverage

Jan 21, 2011 8:04 AM

At Least Two Highway Deaths Blamed On Winter Weather

LOUISVILLE (AP) - Some light snow continued over eastern Kentucky early Friday, but the major weather issues in the state were cold temperatures and slick roads.

There were at least two weather-related traffic fatalities.

Kentucky State Police say Norman L. Caudill of Vine Grove was killed Thursday afternoon when his minivan was struck by a pickup truck that slid on a snowy road in Hardin County.

In Union County, a person was killed in a two-vehicle crash near the intersection of highways 130 and 66. The sheriff's office didn't release the name of the victim, but said weather was a contributing factor in the crash Thursday afternoon. The person who died lost control and crossed the center line into the path of an oncoming truck.

At dawn on Friday, some snow showers had redeveloped over southern Kentucky near Somerset, putting down a new dusting.

At the National Weather Service office in Jackson, forecaster Anthony Richey said most of the snow had pushed out of the state, after dropping as much as three inches at Mt. Sterling, Sharpsburg and Salyers.

Little melting was expected Friday, despite a brighter day.

"We won't be getting above freezing today," Richey said.

At Fort Campbell, the U.S. Amy post on the Kentucky-Tennessee border, the hospital reduced services Friday because of slick roads. An announcement from Blanchfield Army Community Hospital said appointments would be rescheduled and patients scheduled for surgery had the option to have it done Friday or reschedule it. There would be minimal staffing of lab and pharmacy services.

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet cautioned the driving conditions across the state were difficult, with snow and icy roadways.

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