Winter weather conditions led to multiple vehicle accidents

FRANKLIN/ BOWLING GREEN Ky.- On Friday, snow meant a busy day for law enforcement.

“Anytime that we have snow or ice, or any type of inclement weather, the number of collisions go up,” said Kentucky State Police Trooper Post 3 Daniel Priddy.

The morning started with a fatality on I-65 in Simpson County. Around 6:30 a.m., police were called to an area near mile marker 6 southbound.

Kentucky State Police believe 46-year-old Brian Lowe from Bowling Green ,the driver of a pick-up traveling south near the mile marker lost control, exited the right shoulder of the road, struck an embankment and careened onto the entrance ramp where his vehicle struck a semi-truck.

Meanwhile, another crash occurred on I-65. It took place in Warren County at mile marker 30, sending a toddler and two adults to an area hospital. Warren County Sheriff Brett Hightower said weather played a vital role.

“We’ve had multiple reports of both injury and non-injury accidents this morning due to the precipitation on the roadway that froze overnight,” Hightower said.

Hightower said even the slightest bit of winter precipitation can cause road hazards, and to be extra cautious in these conditions.

“As always, when the temperatures get below 32 degrees or even close to 32 degrees, overpasses and roadways can freeze,” Hightower said.

Trooper Priddy said even if the roadways look clear, one can’t be too careful.

“Sometimes you can look at the roadway and it looks clear. It gives sort of a false sense of security. Ice and snow can accumulate especially on bridges and overpasses, shaded areas, so there can be ice and snow that you’re not really anticipating,” Priddy said.