MUHLENBERG CO./OHIO CO., Ky. The Western Kentucky Parkway is back open for the evening commute after a major accident closed a section for the morning commute.

As many as nine vehicles were involved, leading to injuries and lane closures.

“We knew it was a bit slippery. We were wondering what the situation we were going to have to deal with,” said Joe Verret, a trucker who was driving from Ohio to Texas with his co-driver. They, and several others, found themselves stuck on the parkway for much of the morning.

“Slippery weather. Icy. He slowed it down. When he entered the start of the bridge, he kind of slipped a little bit, then he bogged it down, then he came to a stop,” Verret recalled.

Kentucky State Police say it happened closer to 5:30 this morning on the Green River bridge on the Muhlenberg County-Ohio County line. Troopers on scene say one of the three semis involved slid, and hit the bridge, leading to another truck hitting it, which resulted in a chain reaction as other vehicles tried to stop. Two people were injured. Troopers say icy conditions were a factor in the accidents.

“A lot of drivers on the CB were coming back, some of them were running solo, so they had to shut down on the bridge, some of them, it was like a 10 hour break,” said Verret.

Troopers on scene say they were looking for one of the vehicles involved, who may have left the scene before they arrived. West bound lanes were closed for about seven hours, reopening just after noon.(Joe verret) 

“Stayed in the truck, kept the CB on and listened, and best thing we heard was everything was cleaned up and we can roll,” said Verret.


MUHLENBERG/OHIO Co., Ky. (WEHT) – According to Kentucky State Police Trooper Corey King, the Western Kentucky Parkway was shut down along the Muhlenberg-Ohio County line on Thursday morning.

The crash involves a total of seven vehicles including four semis. Officials say oil and diesel fuel is spread along an extended section of the roadway that will have to be cleaned up as the site is cleared.

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet District 2 is reporting eastbound traffic is being diverted at Central City and westbound traffic is being required to use the Beaver Dam exit.

Officials say the parkway has been reopened.