Darren Doyle, story and photo:
It was a chaotic morning for Edmonson County emergency personnel due to at least seven separate accidents occurring all around the same time today due to heavy patches of black ice throughout the county.
The Edmonson County Sheriff's Office responded to five of the seven accidents during an hour-and-a-half timespan. The other two did not require medical or law enforcement attention, according to the Sheriff's Office.
Law enforcement reported the first accident at around 6:30AM on Nolin Dam Hill, that involved two vehicles. The Sheriff's Office said two vehicles were headed west towards Nolin Dam when one vehicle attempted to pass the other but hit a patch of black ice. The vehicles collided but no injuries were reported.
A deputy said he left that scene to just out the road where another vehicle topped a crest, hit black ice and slid into the Lincoln Country Corner parking lot where it collided with a parked vehicle, where once again, no injuries were reported.
Edmonson County emergency workers were then dispatched around 7AM to Morgantown Road near Bear Creek to the report of an overturned vehicle. The Sheriff's Office said that a 17-year old female juvenile was headed west on Morgantown Road in a 2009 Honda Civic when she hit black ice and lost control of the car. The vehicle overturned and came to rest near the guardrail. She was transported to the Medical Center for unknown injuries.
Working that accident scene were the Kyrock and Bear Creek Fire Departments, JAWS, The Edmonson County Sheriff's Office, Edmonson EMS, and the District 3 KY Transportation Cabinet.
Emergency workers encountered a fourth accident at the Hilltop intersection while en route to the Morgantown Road accident. The accident involved two vehicles that collided, also due to ice; however, no injuries were reported at that scene. While emergency personnel were working both the Morgantown Road and Hilltop accidents, another emergency call went out for an accident on Louisville Road.
The Sheriff's Office said that another 17-year old juvenile, a male, was headed north on Louisville Rd, (31W) in a white Chevy pickup when he hit a patch of ice, lost control of the vehicle and crashed into a fence row. The youth had to be extricated from the vehicle. He was transported to Greenview Hospital with unknown injuries.
Responding to that scene was the Brownsville Fire Department, JAWS, Edmonson County Sheriff's Office, local emergency management, and Edmonson EMS.
An Edmonson County ambulance also obtained a flat tire while en route to one of the accident scenes when it came in contact with road debris from a previous accident.
"To say that Edmonson County emergency workers were busy this morning was an understatement," said Sheriff Shane Doyle. "Thankfully, due to the quick response and professionalism of our first responders here, we were all able to work together during a very difficult morning. Black ice is extremely dangerous and this is just a small example of what can happen on slick roads. I also want to thank our local dispatch for their excellent work this morning under very difficult conditions."