Harvey remnants dump rain on western, central Kentucky

The remnants of hurricane Harvey moved through parts of western and central Kentucky on Friday, dumping several inches of rain and flooding some roadways.

While there were no reports of major flooding in Lexington, there were more collisions in the city Friday than usual, police Lt. Jackie Newman said. None of the weather-related crashes resulted in serious injury, she said.

Weather was thought to have been a factor when a pedestrian was hit by a slow-moving vehicle Friday on Richmond Road, Newman said. The person who was hit had minor injuries.

The wet weather caused more problems in southern parts of the state. As of 7:15 p.m., rain totals of 7.18 inches had fallen in Barren County and nearly 6 inches had fallen in Warren County, according to the Kentucky Mesonet website.

The rain from Harvey played a role in a fatal car crash in Laurel County Friday afternoon, according to news reports.

The crash occurred on Interstate 75 southbound when a tractor trailer was struck by a utility truck, according to WKYT. The tractor trailer had swerved to miss a hydroplaning minivan.

The driver of the utility truck, Samuel Gregory, 63, of Flat Lick in Knox County, died in the crash, according to WKYT. Gregory was in a work truck owned by Stanley Pipeline of Winchester.

In Bowling Green, flood waters damaged some Western Kentucky University buildings and blocked roadways, according to the Bowling Green Daily News.

Kentucky Emergency Management activated the state Emergency Operations Center on Thursday afternoon to monitor the weather system into the weekend, the agency said in a news release.

“By activating our state emergency operations center, we are positioning ourselves forward to respond quickly and efficiently should the need arise,” said KYEM Director Michael Dossett.

The Herald-Leader’s Morgan Eads contributed to this report.