Commuters Stranded for Hours as Winter Storm Shuts Down Part of Kentucky Highway

An intense snow storm caused major traffic disruptions in Lexington, Kentucky, leaving many travellers stranded as major highways were shut on January 6.

This footage, filmed by Father Jim Sichko, shows dozens dozens of cars backed-up on Interstate 75, as snow blankets the area.

“It’s still kind of like a parking lot here”, Sichko said in one clip, “just trying to do our best to stay warm … and to realise that we’re probably in for the long haul”.

In a separate clip, Sichko said he had arrived home after around seven hours on the interstate. He also went on to thank a local sheriff, a judge and road workers who helped in freeing commuters stuck on the highway.

In a statement, Kentucky Gov Andy Beshear declared a state of emergency on Thursday evening, adding that the severe weather was “affecting travel on major interstates, and state and local roadways as well as causing power outages and damage to public infrastructure and private properties”.

A winter storm warning was in place on Thursday evening, as heavy snowfall was set to continue throughout the night. Credit: Father Jim Sichko via Storyful

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