Laurel County road conditions remain hazardous late Sunday evening

LONDON, Ky. (WYMT) – Road conditions continue to worry Kentucky transportation officials overnight.

Roads became treacherous shortly after snowfall began on Sunday afternoon.

The storm left a solid blanket of snow on the ground in Laurel County, keeping plow crews busy all day.

In the evening, Kentucky Transportation Public Information Officer Les Dixon told people to stay off the roads while snow removal crews worked.

“If possible, stay home,” he said. “Let our snow plows do what they do best.”

Poor road conditions made driving difficult for travelers along Interstate I-75, including a couple heading to Miami, Florida from Indianapolis.

“It’s been slow, quite scary [and] it’s a slow ride,” Tasheba Johnson of Miami said. “Beautiful, however, but slow and scary for us.”

That scare came when the couple said their truck was stuck in several inches of snow. Fortunately, passers-by were able to help.

“These guys took their truck and tied it to our truck with a chain and took us out,” Johnson explained. “And made a path for us, actually, and we ended up here.”

The London petrol station where the Miami couple stopped was one of the few businesses open on Sunday evening.

Among open businesses, hotels were looking for a profitable night out, but closures along I-75 put a stop to that.

“Not as busy as us [were] last week,” said Tristan Ward, the Baymont Inn & Suites front desk clerk. “We [were] booked last weekend all weekend for snow. This weekend, being Sunday, [it’s] not too busy.”

KYTC officials said I-75 was closed for several hours while an accident was resolved. Dixon stressed the importance of staying home and staying safe.

“The thing is, the snow is falling so fast that as soon as they plow the pavement, it’s covered,” Dixon said. “So if you don’t have to go out, please don’t because the roads are very dangerous at the moment.”

Dixon added that roads will remain unsafe in Laurel and neighboring counties through Monday morning, and possibly even Monday afternoon despite plow crews working around the clock.

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