Lexington police report 80 crashes Thursday night; Friday less eventful

Compared to the roughly 80 collisions Lexington police handled Thursday night, Friday morning appeared considerably quieter as Lexington's traffic management center reported no accidents delaying traffic in the commuting period before 8 a.m.

Fayette County public schools delayed opening one hour Friday morning, keeping buses and some motorists off roads early Friday. Public schools in independent and county districts surrounding Fayette were closed Friday. Those included Bourbon, Paris Independent, Clark, Madison, Berea Independent, Jessamine, Scott and Woodford, according to closings reports.

By 8:30 a.m. Friday, only three accidents were noted by the traffic center.

The story was different Thursday night when commuters confronted slippery driving conditions that stuck around, keeping Lexington police busy throughout the evening. Snow and falling conditions combined to create hazards.

Lt. Mike Wright said Lexington officers handled about 80 collisions between 6 p.m. and about 11 p.m. "a little bit of everywhere around town." Most of the wrecks were fender-benders, he said, with no serious injuries involved.

"I think we've had two or three minor injury wrecks, but nothing serious at all," he said. "Mostly it's just been vehicles slipping and sliding and bumping into each other."

Things slowed somewhat by around 9 p.m., but wrecks were still happening late Thursday night, according to police.

"With the temperature, we're still expecting some more," Wright said.

The temperature in Lexington had dropped to 21 degrees by 11 p.m., turning wet spots to ice in many places. Sections of some streets were described as a "solid sheet of ice."

The Lexington fire department said its ambulance crews answered multiple calls involving people injured by falls on slippery sidewalks.

While snow accumulation was light in Central Kentucky, high winds whipped the flakes into the air in some areas, creating near white-out conditions for motorists.

A Bell County ambulance and a police car crashed on Interstate 75 between Richmond and Berea, and two semis jackknifed on the interstate about the same time Thursday night, authorities said.

The snow essentially was over in the Lexington area by around 11 p.m., but officials said low temperatures would cause slippery conditions to continue into Friday morning.

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