Ice, crashes close portions of Owensboro By-Pass

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Dropping temperatures have caused more than 70 crashes on Owensboro and Daviess County roads Wednesday morning.

Kentucky State Police Troopers reported several sections of the Highway 60 By-Pass as solid ice Wednesday morning.

Between 5:00 AM and 8:00 AM, Kentucky State Police reported that they and other law enforcement worked 46+ confirmed accidents, with 21 more still pending.

KSP reported that traffic was being diverted or completely stopped in multiple areas of the By-Pass. Salt trucks were called out just before 7:00 AM to hit the major road again. More than a dozen crashes were reported on the By-Pass at one time, completely stopping traffic between Highway 231 and the Natcher Parkway around 6:30 AM.

The icy conditions caused KSP and KYTC officials to close the By-Pass near Reid Road for safety concerns.

Troopers reported the bridges across the By-Pass as a major problem area with a solid layer of ice on each one.

An accident on the Audubon Parkway near the By-Pass forced police to close the road temporarily around 7:45 to clean up debris. It has since reopened.

Kentucky State Police reported another accident at Lee Rudy Road and Worthington Road just behind Audubon Elementary School with a car in a ditch. Troopers say the ditch was full of water.

A crash on the Blue Bridge going north near downtown Owensboro closed one lane of traffic on the span. The southbound lane on the bridge remained open, according to dispatch.

Eyewtiness News will continue to track road conditions in the Tri-State through Wednesday for updates.

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(This story was originally published on Feb. 7, 2018)

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