Falling snow and falling temperatures led to several accidents around the county Sunday night; including one that sent a Salem woman to the hospital.
About 6:10p, Salem Police, Washington County Sherrif’s Department and Washington County EMS responded to a one-vehicle accident that closed State Road 60 for an hour
According to Sherrif’s Deputy, Nathan Maudlin, the 2003 Lincoln driven by 80-year-old Harold Humphrey, was Westbound on SR 60 East coming into Salem.
“Mr. Humphrey drove onto the Blue River bridge, which was extremely slick,” said Maudlin. “He said the back end started sliding, and he completely lost control.”
The Lincoln hit the guardrail, then rode up on the guardrail, according to Maudlin. “Eventually it flipped over and down the hill and came to rest on its top.”
Salem Firefighters had to cut into the vehicle to remove Humphrey and his wife, Priscilla, 75, both of Salem.
An air ambulance was called to come up from Louisville, but could not travel because of the weather.
Priscilla was extracted and left the scene in an ambulance. Mr. Humphrey was able to walk away and taken to the Sherrif”s Department to await a ride.
Other wrecks were reported on Voyles Road and around Washington County.
The National Weather Service predicted about an inch of snow Sunday night and that coupled with falling temps below freezing caused slick spots on roads and bridges.