Wintry mix creates challenges for central Kentucky drivers

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - Monday was a frustrating morning for many commuters. There were quite a few crashes as the result of slick roads. As of 10:00 a.m. Monday, Lexington Police had responded to 27 crashes. Four of those involved injuries.

Old Paris Road was shut down at Paris Pike because of at least one crash in the area. The road reopened around 9:45 a.m.

Cooper Drive was also blocked near Eldemere Drive following two separate collisions. In one crash, Lexington police said a driver slid into oncoming traffic and hit another car head-on. Two people were taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.One lane of South Limestone was blocked near Scott Street. A utility wire was down across the road.

Road crews with the city of Lexington pretreated roads, bridges, and overpasses overnight.

“Crews reported at midnight last night and were in all areas of the city,” Albert Miller, director of the city’s Division of Streets and Roads, said. “We will continue to monitor weather conditions and the forecast, and will respond as needed.”

There were also numerous crashes reported in Anderson County. A Kentucky State Police Trooper, along with another car, slid into a ditch along Williamsburg Road. No one was hurt. A semi went over a guardrail on Highway 248 and slid 100 yards down an embankment. Drivers told WKYT it was pretty slick on the roads.

"It's covered with ice and around the curves is very treacherous, but the bridge decks is where it's particularly bad. very very very slippery. There are several cars including what looks like a trooper even off the road that have just slid off. Worst I've seen in decades," said Jone Mazur, who lives in Anderson County.

Roads in Jessamine County were slick on Monday as well, especially Union Mill Road. Brenda Stagner was one of the drivers who encountered icy roads on her morning commute.

"Scary. When I started sliding, it scared me. Then when my car started going that away and it was really scaring me then because I thought, at first, my car was going to flip. I went up into the field and was going and I didn't know if I was going to stop or not," said Stagner.

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