Tuesday was certainly a dangerous morning for travel in our area, as the melting snow from Monday combined with below freezing temperatures, caused the roadways to become icy and very slick. As people were traveling to work and school, there were several reports of accidents due to “black Ice.”
* One such wreck happened around 6:15 AM this morning on US 23 near the Riceville turnoff at Rt 825. According to Captain Jonathan Holbrook with the Paintsville Police Department, a vehicle was traveling on US 23 NB from Prestonsburg when the vehicle hit a patch of “black ice” and lost control, hitting the guardrail and coming to a stop in the SB lane of US 23. Two other vehicles (not sure of the direction of travel) also lost control because of the “black ice” and hit the guardrail and then another vehicle slid out of control and hit the guardrail. A total of 4 vehicles involved. Captain Holbrook said thankfully there were no injuries with these crashes, but all 4 vehicles had to be towed from the scene. The Paintsville Police Dept. and Captain Jonathan Holbrook is continuing to investigate.
* Just about 40 minutes later, the Paintsville Police Dept. received another call about an accident on Rt 321 in front of the Hutch Ford location in Paintsville. According to Asst. Chief Danny Smith, a 2004 Chevy Trail Blazer operated by Rebekah Stambaugh was traveling NB on Rt 321 when she hit a patch of “black ice” and lost control of her vehicle that struck a utility pole in front of the dealership, as well as coming in contact with a vehicle that was sitting on the lot (that vehicle only received minor damage). The vehicle driven by Stambaugh did suffer moderate damage, but the owners were able to drive the vehicle away. Asst. Chief Smith said there was no injuries and no airbag deployment with this accident. Smith also said that the utility pole was a telephone pole that also had electric lines attached. Work crews from AEP and AT&T arrived on scene to replace the pole later in the morning.
Smith said the Paintsville Police Dept. had responded to several calls Tuesday morning about minor accidents due to the slick road conditions.