Icy roads cause multiple accident during morning commute


by Johnny Archer


Posted on February 18, 2014 at 2:45 PM

Updated Tuesday, Feb 18 at 3:01 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- A thin layer of ice on the roads made it a slippery commute for drivers around Kentuckiana Tuesday morning.

The ground temperature in the area remained below freezing, causing several accidents on roadways.

“We just got a report of a multi-vehicle accident at Highway 55 near I-64,” WHAS11 News traffic reporter Brooke Katz said during Good Morning Kentuckiana.

MetroSafe reported between 12 a.m. and 8 a.m. there were 54 non-injury accidents and 10 accidents where people were injured.

“I just heard on the radio the roads are slick,” Vic Philpott, who got stuck in traffic while on his way to work, said.

Many schools were forced to start late while bridges and over passes became hazardous.

At Shelbyville and Long Run Roads, a victim had to be rescued after sliding off the road and into a utility pole.

The Gene Snyder Freeway was completely shut down for several hours on the eastbound side at National Turnpike. It reopened after trucks salted the icy freeway, but some drivers were stuck in traffic for an hour and a half.

“I pulled up and didn’t even realize that I was going to get stuck,” John Baxter, who is a delivery driver said. “[The truck] is too big to turn around. So, we're just waiting it out.”