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Drivers brave the icy conditions in Northern Kentucky

By: Tim Johnston Email
By: Tim Johnston Email

GRANT COUNTY, Ky. (WKYT) - Dry Ridge was anything but "dry" after snow covered much of Northern Kentucky on Wednesday. Drivers say their travel along I-75 was tricky as the snow and rain kept falling and the temperatures kept dropping.

"I actually hydroplaned a couple of times just for a split second," described Todd Winston, "(it's) the most helpless feeling in the world. I'm just glad the kiddo wasn't in the car then."

Around Grant County emergency crews reported having more than a dozen wrecks due to the icy weather. One accident in the northern part of the county turned deadly after a car lost control and hit a pickup that was stopped on the shoulder to assist others after a separate wreck.

While Winston was traveling south to Lexington, he had a friend that painted a more dangerous picture from Northern Kentucky, "Apparently there are two or three cars that she just saw, in their area, that had a wreck and slid off unto the ditch and were stuck."

With the roads wet and the mercury dropping below the freezing mark, some drivers were concerned about the night ahead.

"I'm a delivery driver," said Christina Haubner on her way to work, "I'm just pretty nervous about going to work."

Meanwhile, Tracey Hotchkiss had her SUV pointed north to Cincinnati, and she admitted she was a little nervous.

"I'm coming from Georgia," she laughed.

Hotchkiss knew she was heading right into the trouble areas, "Hopefully we'll get there safe. Actually, the salt trucks are out so that's helping a little bit but it is a little slick out there."

While some may find the snow fall pretty and peaceful, Winston sees it another way.

"I like it, it's pretty, (but) when you have to drive as much as I do it can kind of be a headache. It's never a comfortable feeling especially when you have children in the car but I'm just going to watch my speed, watch for the other drivers and keep a good distance and I think we'll be okay."

Both the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet and the Grant County crew had salt trucks running their routes, and many of them had their plows fixed to the front. One driver for the county said he'd been kept busy especially along the Gallatin-Grant County line to the north because they were having as much as three inches forming.


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