Another snowy day, another round for salt truck drivers

By: Tim Johnston Email
By: Tim Johnston Email

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - Another day of snow means another load of salt, another trip around Lexington, and another day to wonder when will this weather give in.

"Another day of this nastiness," lamented Bill Epperson, a driver for the Lexington Streets and Roads Department. "I've been in Lexington long enough I've seen snow on Derby day, which is not a good thing."

While the winter weather hasn't gone that far, yet, one more snow day has Epperson and the other drivers for the Streets and Roads Department feeling the weight of this weather.

"I'm not a snow guy. I don't like snow. So when they start talking about it or you see it you just think, 'Oh gosh, here we go again!'" said Epperson, who added that on a given day he can rack up more than a hundred miles in his truck.

"I see it (the route) in my sleep."

Still, Epperson knows it's also another day of keeping drivers safe when the weather isn't cooperating.

"Just running my route over and over, checking the hills, checking the bridges, keeping an eye on the roadway."

Even while the roads were fine, during the day, the drivers know the real potential for trouble comes when the sun goes down. So they do what they can before they have to get out into the mess.

"It keeps us plenty busy. You have to be prepared for it and you have to get out here in advance, really."

However, they aren't always spared from what happens on the roads. During his drive Epperson came up on a wreck involving two of his co-workers.

"They just left work to go home," later saying, "Mother Nature is putting it on us this year. The ground hog was wrong!"

Leaving this driver wanted warmer weather, "It's time for spring weather and sunshine!"

Lexington Police say in a 12 hour period, from 7 a.m. to 7:30 p.m., they worked 52 accidents, four of which involved some type of injury.

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