Snow causes problems in Bell County

By: Angela Sparkman Email
By: Angela Sparkman Email

BELL COUNTY, Ky. (WYMT) - The snow started falling early Thursday afternoon and created hazardous conditions and problems in Bell County.

The snow took some people by surprise.

"It was raining, five seconds later it was snowing, and this is what we've got now, the first snow of the year!" said Tonya Messer who works at Subway in Middlesboro.

Road crews started clearing and salting when the first snowflakes hit the ground.

"This is our first snow event of the year, so we're all dressed up and ready to go," said Judge-Executive Albey Brock.

The snow created hazardous conditions quickly. Road crews say the falling snow covered roads again right after they cleared them.

Officials say the snow caused numerous wrecks and cars were stuck.

"Log Mountain is extremely bad. There's tractor trailers on the side of the road. School buses having trouble. What I noticed when I came over, snow trucks couldn't get through because of all the traffic," said Kevin Barnett with the Bell County Road Department.

County officials say several school buses got stuck and pulled over off the roads for the salt trucks to go through. Officials say six school buses needed help. Bell County school officials say all students got home safely.

Some businesses in Middlesboro closed early so employees could go home.

The snow also caused problems at the Cumberland Gap Tunnel. Police say cars sliding at the entrances of the tunnel caused traffic to back up.

Road crews say they will be out all night.

"If you don't have to be on the roads, don't. Just use common sense and if you don't have to go, stay at home. This will pass," said Brock.

So far, Bell County officials report no serious injuries in any of the wrecks.

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