Kentucky State Police were investigating whether distracted driving caused a tractor-trailer to plow into an SUV carrying eight people on Saturday, killing six and possibly triggering a serious crash on the opposite side of the highway.
The truck driver is "telling us that he saw the vehicle that was in front of him and he hit the brakes and he didn't hit them in time," Master Trooper Norman Chaffins said. " ... There was a reason for that and we're trying to figure out what the reason was."
The late-morning crash was followed 15 minutes later by a multi-vehicle crash on the opposite side of Interstate 65 that injured three people. The site was just 15 miles from where 11 people died in 2010 when a tractor-trailer crossed the median and hit a van carrying a Mennonite family. Ten people in the van were killed along with the truck driver and the National Transportation Safety Board determined the truck driver was distracted by his cell phone.
A wintry mix of precipitation is expected to extend overnight into Friday morning for those in the northwestern Kentucky portion of our listening area.
The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet has released the following information:
Crews in Union, Henderson, and Daviess Counties are reporting sleet that is creating scattered slick spots on area highways. Henderson County had 10 trucks out Friday evening spreading salt.
Motorists should use caution. Pavement temperatures have been dropping over the last couple of hours and are now hovering just above the freezing mark. The ambient air temperature is holding at 31 degrees in Union County and Henderson County.
Motorists should be especially cautious around bridges and overpasses which cool down quicker than regular pavement.
The National Weather Service has confirmed that an EF-2 tornado touched down in Warren County Kentucky northeast of Bowling Green as strong storms moved through the region early Wednesday morning.
A NWS survey team is currently investigating the damage along with local emergency management and media members. The track of this tornado likely extends farther northeast outside of Warren County, thus, details will be forth coming as the survey team continues the investigation.
An EF-0 tornado touched down southwest of Bradfordsville in Marion County, Kentucky. This tornado did damage along Calvary Road where a mobile home was destroyed and a small shed slid off its foundation. 2 minor injuries occurred with this tornado.
A federal judge sentenced one Iraqi man accused of entering into a terrorist plot in Bowling Green to a life sentence in prison, with a second man given a 40 year sentence.
Waad Ramadan Alwan and Mohanad Shareef Hammadi appeared at the William H. Natcher federal courthouse in Bowling Green Tuesday to receive sentencing for a serious of charges related to a plot to send weapons, explosives, and money to Al-Qaida in Iraq.
The 30-year-old Alwan was given 40 years in prison for his role in the plot. He could have received a life sentence, but Judge Thomas B. Russell went along with the recommendation of prosecutors to give a lesser sentence since Alwan cooperated in the case.
Hammadi received a life sentence. The two were arrested in Warren County in 2009.
Both men had previously pleaded guilty to attempting to provide material support to a terrorist organization, and conspiracy to send Stinger surface-to-air missiles to Iraq. Alwan and Hammadi also pleaded to making false statements when they applied for admission to the United States as refugees.
The terrorist plot was actually a government sting operation. This led the Iraqis' lawyers to claim they were victims of entrapment.
Join WKU Public Radio Wednesday during Morning Edition for recaps of the sentencing handed down Tuesday in Bowling Green's federal court.
A line of strong to severe thunderstorms is expected to move through the region late Tuesday night and early Wednesday morning ahead of a strong cold front. Damaging winds of 60 to 70 mph are expected along this line, with a few tornadoes possible along and ahead of the line.
One to two inches of rain is also possible within short periods of time, which may cause flooding.
Showers and storms will continue on Wednesday, with temperatures dropping from the low 60's to the 40's by late afternoon.