Governor Beshear lifts restrictions on utility trucks

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - Gov. Steve Beshear has lifted some restrictions on utility trucks making their way into or through Kentucky to help restore electricity in areas hit by severe weekend storms.

Beshear called for the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet to issue a state of emergency and suspend registration requirements for out-of-state utility trucks.

A series of storms since Friday knocked out electricity for more than 60,000 homes and businesses in Kentucky. More than 43,000 Kentucky homes remained without power on Monday.

Beshear said the hot temperatures make this a terrible time to be without electricity. He said that's why he felt it important to remove the bureaucratic red tape that might delay restoration of power.

Transportation Secretary Mike Hancock issued the emergency declaration Monday, allowing utility crews to bypass weigh stations in their trucks.

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