Eclipse Traffic: Saturday

Car wrecks are slowing down travelers heading to western Kentucky to see the Great Eclipse.

Kentucky Transportation officials say there was an accident along I-69 just north of the KY 281/Island Ford Rd. exit before noon Saturday. Traffic was backed up for 3 to 4 miles. That scene has since been cleared.

Hopkins County Sheriff’s Office reports two accidents on I-69 Saturday; one of them was a fatality.

The first happened along I-69 between Slaughters and Hanson. Deputies say Seroy Mobley, 33, of Evansville, was heading southbound on I-69 when he lost control, crossed the median and flipped several times. Mobley and his passenger were taken to Baptist Health for their injuries.

The second happened north of the Island Ford Exit on I-69 Saturday. Deputies say Harold Johnson, 74, of Tennessee was heading south when he lost control of his vehicle, entered the median and into the northbound lane where he was struck by another vehicle.

Johnson was taken to Baptist Health Madisonville where he succumbed to his injuries. His passenger, Diana Johnson, 69, was also taken to Baptist Health Madisonville for treatment of her injuries. The driver of the other vehicle was treated on the scene and released.

In Madisonville, SurfKY reports police responded to a three-vehicle accident involving one injured at the South Main Street and Honeysuckle Lane intersection at 10:10 a.m. That has also been cleaned up.

In Eddyville, KY, KYTC say there was heavy ramp traffic from I-24 eastbound to US-62 the Eddyville-Kuttawa exit Saturday morning. KYTC personnel were flagging traffic to help clear the ramp more quickly. Turns out, the heavy traffic was only temporary; it was due to a promotion from a local water park.

We're also hearing reports from the Eddyville area that cars are parked anywhere they can; people are already setting up for the Great Eclipse on Monday.

(This story was originally published on Aug. 19, 2017)


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