WILLIAMSON - Several inches of snow coupled with sub-zero temperatures have made for a dangerous combination for those traveling the roadways in Mingo County.
According to Mingo County Interim Emergency Services Director Doug Goolsby, approximately 20 to 25 vehicle accidents occurred on Tuesday, following the drastic drop in temperatures and the steady snowfall that blanketed the Tug Valley area.
“The areas that reported the most accidents were Kermit, Marrowbone, Horsepen and Buffalo Mountain,” Goolsby said. “Thankfully there were no serious injuries reported.”
Goolsby said a number of the accidents involved only one vehicle, with a few sliding into the ditches or against the guardrails due to the treacherous road conditions. State Department of Highways salt trucks, as well as those with Veolia Water that maintain the roads within the city of Williamson were out in full force, attempting to scrape away the ice and snow and salt the roads. With the temperatures dropping to nearly zero, the salt treatment did not always work as it should.
“I can’t emphasize enough how important it is to stay off the roads when the weather is like this,” Goolsby said. “If you don’t have to be out, then please stay home. Each time you’re on the local highways there’s always a chance of an accident, especially during inclement weather. Our first responders, firefighters and law enforcement officers, risk their lives every time they answer a call. When you travel for no reason, you’re actually endangering the lives of others.”
Schools in Mingo and Pike County, Ky. were canceled Tuesday and Wednesday with no definite date for a return to classes.
Area children have been taking advantage of their extended vacation, spending time outdoors sledding and constructing snowmen of all shapes and sizes. The drawback to “snow days,” of course, is the “make-up” days that will be added to the 2014 school year, which subtracts from the lazy days of summer.
Temperatures are forecast to remain below freezing for the next several days, with occasional snowfall likely.