Winter Weather Coverage

Jan 17, 2013 10:12 PM

Snow, Ice Causes Accidents In Bell, Harlan County

The snow in southeast Kentucky made it tough on drivers Thursday afternoon. Some people in Harlan County reported hearing and seeing thunder-snow as the bad weather rolled in.

Highway 119 from Bell to Harlan County was a real problem area. Deputies say most wrecks in both counties happened on that stretch, and LEX 18 caught up with the tow-truck drivers who spent most of their day clearing those wrecks.

"Yeah I've been busy," laughs Clay Ward from the passenger seat of his tow truck.

Ward is with Austin's Towing Company, and says he's cleared at least 20 wrecks from Pineville to Harlan.

"Six or seven up towards line mountain, there were six or seven up that other way, they were all over the place, all over the area."

A white car sits on the flatbed as Ward stops to talk with us; it's most recent spin-off they've picked up. Ward says he had a few close calls himself:

"We been sliding, we been slipping, we sure have."

In Bell County, a woman lost control in slush around a curve on 119, slamming into a rock wall. A few miles down the road, there's another slide-off. Deputies in the area say they've been running on calls like that all day, but no major injuries were reported.

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