Icy streets made for a moderately busy Monday morning for emergency crews in Lexington and other parts of Central Kentucky.
"It hasn't been that bad, but we do have some black ice out there in places," Lexington police spokeswoman Sherelle Roberts said.
As of 10:15 a.m., Lexington police had been dispatched to 23 non-injury accidents and two crashes that involved injuries.
"Conditions are improving, but some of the side roads are still slick," Roberts said.
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Downtown streets had patches of ice early Monday, and police were continuing to warn motorists about slick spots, particularly on bridges and overpasses.
Police closed Price Road at West Main Street about 8:30 a.m. because of ice.
A school bus taking students to the Kirksville Elementary School in Madison County slid off Ky. 1295 about 7:40 a.m. when it struck a slippery patch, authorities said.
About 65 students were on board, but no one was injured, said Erin Stewart, a spokeswoman for Madison County Public Schools. Another bus was summoned to take the students to school, while work crews pulled the first bus back onto the road.
"We were very lucky," Stewart said.
Meanwhile, Lexington firefighters remained on the scene of a house fire in the 4000 block of Sweetspire Drive well into the morning to check for flare-ups. Firefighters quickly knocked down the blaze after being dispatched about 7:30 a.m.
Battalion Chief Joe Best said the blaze apparently began in an outdoor garbage container next to the house, then spread to the structure itself. The family had placed some ashes in the container from a fire pit they used on Sunday, and the ashes apparently were hot enough to spark a blaze, Best said.
The fire mainly was limited to the outside of the building, but it got into part of the attic, officials said. It caused an estimated $10,000 to $15,000 in damage, Best said.
The fire shows the importance of making sure that ashes for fire pits or fireplaces are completely cooled before placing them in the trash, fire officials said.
Lexington police started getting busy a little before 7 a.m., when officers were dispatched to a crash on Ironworks Road. A vehicle reportedly went out of control and flipped, but all the passengers had gotten out of the vehicle by the time fire crews arrived, officials said.
Roads remained icy two hours later, when a vehicle slid off Muir Station Road and landed upside down about 9 a.m. No one was seriously injured, police said.
Things turned dicey in the early-morning hours after Sunday night's drizzling rain turned to snow and then to ice.