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Event Details

Event Winter Weather
State KENTUCKY
County/Area CHRISTIAN
WFO PAH
Report Source Trained Spotter
NCDC Data Source CSV
Begin Date 2008-12-23 05:00:00.0 CST-6
End Date 2008-12-23 11:00:00.0 CST-6
Deaths Direct/Indirect 0/1 (fatality details below, when available...)
Injuries Direct/Indirect 0/0
Property Damage 0.00K
Crop Damage 0.00K
Episode Narrative Widespread freezing rain coated surfaces with up to one-tenth inch of ice. Due to very cold antecedent conditions, pavement temperatures were low enough that the initial drops of precipitation immediately created hazardous conditions. A southerly flow of warmer air around high pressure over the Carolina coast overspread a shallow layer of cold air near the surface. The result was widespread icing. The freezing rain occurred during the morning commute, causing a rash of traffic accidents and school closings. Two fatal accidents occurred. In the first fatal wreck, an elderly woman driving on Greenville Road in northern Christian County was unable to stop for a vehicle in front of her. She swerved, went airborne, and struck two trees at the bottom of a ditch. The second fatal accident occurred in Hopkins County on U.S. Highway 62 east of Dawson Springs. A semi-trailer going westbound struck a tree, killing the driver. Across western Kentucky, over one hundred accidents occurred, slowing traffic to a crawl. The Kentucky State Police post that covers the Purchase area (extreme western Kentucky) worked about 100 accidents, including six with injuries. The State Police post based in Madisonville responded to 28 wrecks, including four with injuries. County sheriff departments reported many more additional wrecks, including 30 in McCracken County and 54 in Marshall County. Parts of the Purchase Parkway were closed due to a multi-vehicle pileup involving dozens of cars. Salt trucks and emergency response vehicles slid off roads. Numerous accidents with injuries occurred on U.S. Highway 641 near Murray. Ambulances encountered significant delays in reaching accident victims. In Carlisle County, there were over 50 accidents, including numerous tractor-trailers in ditches or jack-knifed. Major roads such as Kentucky Highway 80 in Graves County were closed due to numerous wrecks and/or disabled vehicles. A few noteworthy wrecks occurred in Henderson County on Highway 41-A, where there was a head-on collision and an overturned vehicle in two unrelated mishaps. Vehicles had difficulty negotiating on and off ramps from freeways. In Henderson, municipal bus service was suspended for several hours. Hospitals in the Paducah area treated a number of persons who slipped and fell on the ice, as well as auto accident victims.
Event Narrative


Event Fatality Details

Type Age Gender Fatality Location
Injury 67 Female Vehicle/Towed Trailer


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All events for this episode:

Location County/Zone St. Date Time T.Z. Type Mag Dth Inj PrD CrD
Totals: 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
GRAVES (ZONE) GRAVES (ZONE) KY 12/23/2008 05:00 CST-6 Winter Weather 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
BALLARD (ZONE) BALLARD (ZONE) KY 12/23/2008 05:00 CST-6 Winter Weather 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
HICKMAN (ZONE) HICKMAN (ZONE) KY 12/23/2008 05:00 CST-6 Winter Weather 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
CARLISLE (ZONE) CARLISLE (ZONE) KY 12/23/2008 05:00 CST-6 Winter Weather 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
FULTON (ZONE) FULTON (ZONE) KY 12/23/2008 05:00 CST-6 Winter Weather 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
CHRISTIAN (ZONE) CHRISTIAN (ZONE) KY 12/23/2008 05:00 CST-6 Winter Weather 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
MCCRACKEN (ZONE) MCCRACKEN (ZONE) KY 12/23/2008 06:00 CST-6 Winter Weather 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
LIVINGSTON (ZONE) LIVINGSTON (ZONE) KY 12/23/2008 06:00 CST-6 Winter Weather 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
MARSHALL (ZONE) MARSHALL (ZONE) KY 12/23/2008 06:00 CST-6 Winter Weather 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
LYON (ZONE) LYON (ZONE) KY 12/23/2008 06:00 CST-6 Winter Weather 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
CALLOWAY (ZONE) CALLOWAY (ZONE) KY 12/23/2008 06:00 CST-6 Winter Weather 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
CRITTENDEN (ZONE) CRITTENDEN (ZONE) KY 12/23/2008 06:00 CST-6 Winter Weather 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
CALDWELL (ZONE) CALDWELL (ZONE) KY 12/23/2008 06:00 CST-6 Winter Weather 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
TRIGG (ZONE) TRIGG (ZONE) KY 12/23/2008 06:00 CST-6 Winter Weather 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
MUHLENBERG (ZONE) MUHLENBERG (ZONE) KY 12/23/2008 07:00 CST-6 Winter Weather 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
HENDERSON (ZONE) HENDERSON (ZONE) KY 12/23/2008 07:00 CST-6 Winter Weather 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
DAVIESS (ZONE) DAVIESS (ZONE) KY 12/23/2008 07:00 CST-6 Winter Weather 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
MCLEAN (ZONE) MCLEAN (ZONE) KY 12/23/2008 07:00 CST-6 Winter Weather 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
WEBSTER (ZONE) WEBSTER (ZONE) KY 12/23/2008 07:00 CST-6 Winter Weather 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
TODD (ZONE) TODD (ZONE) KY 12/23/2008 07:00 CST-6 Winter Weather 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
UNION (ZONE) UNION (ZONE) KY 12/23/2008 07:00 CST-6 Winter Weather 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
HOPKINS (ZONE) HOPKINS (ZONE) KY 12/23/2008 07:00 CST-6 Winter Weather 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
Totals: 0 0 0.00K 0.00K