Law enforcement catch overweight trucks on state road in Clay Co.

By: Paige Quiggins Email
By: Paige Quiggins Email

Kentucky 1482 in the Oneida community of Clay County has a 44,000 pound weight limit but Kentucky State Police Commercial Vehicle Enforcement officials have arrested drivers for carrying up to 173,000 pound loads.

Police are on the lookout for trucks that are tearing up roadways.

“We are doing a weigh detail tonight after receiving complaints of coal trucks operating on this road over weight,” said Steven Douglas of KSP CVE.

Chris McQueen of CVE said the temporary stop is much different than when a truck heads to a weigh station to get checked out off of the interstate.

“Overall we are at about twelve scales altogether for this tractor trailer to make sure to see if it is over weight and in compliance with the law,” said McQueen.

Law enforcement officials said that they have caught many trucks on this particular road that are up to four times over the weight limit.

“This is a class a highway which is a forty four thousand pound road, we are finding trucks that are in excess of one hundred thirty, forty, up to a hundred fifty thousand pounds, which is entirely too heavy to be on this road,” said Douglas.

Law enforcement said most of the overweight trucks are transporting coal. The first truck caught during the weigh-in was 66,250 pounds over the weight limit. It was hauling coal from Tennessee.

Neighbors said they have been fed up with all of the inconveniences and they believe it has become a safety concern.

“It has torn our road up to the point where our cars are just about impassable and it has really become a great concern because we have a lot of elderly people who live up in our community and it is going to get to the point where ambulances will not be able to get up through here,” said Jeffrey Culver, who lives in the area.

“You hear them constantly the noise is terrible. the holes, if you do not drive a vehicle that is high above the ground you are going to have trouble rubbing underneath your car,” said Culver.

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