By John L. Ross / Staff Writer
“We just started grabbing whatever we could.”
A teary-eyed Michelle Bargo, of Faber, stood in the emergency lane of northbound I-75, staring at the burning shell of her four-door car.
Bargo, her son, Larry Warfield, and his girlfriend, Ashton Curry, were driving to Mount Vernon in Rockcastle County.
“We were going to meet her (Curry’s) mom,” Bargo said. “They’re in college. We were taking her (Curry) home.”
She said shortly after getting on I-75, the car just “didn’t act right.”
“It started just acting funny,” Bargo said. “Then the ‘service engine soon’ light came on.”
She tried pushing the accelerator.
“It just wouldn’t go any faster,” she said. “And then it just dies.”
She pulled onto the emergency lane — it was between 6-6:30 p.m.
“I saw the car was smoking, so I thought maybe it was the radiator,” Bargo said. “Smoke was coming from under the hood.”
The three of them got out, and she raised the hood. “It just caught fire,” she said. “And we just got out.”
The northbound lanes were shut down at mile marker 26 approximately 15 minutes for fire crews to put out the blaze.
West Knox Volunteer Fire Chief Darryl Baker said those responding weren’t originally planning to shut down the interstate.
“Traffic just was not slowing down,” Baker said. “And then drivers start looking at the scene, and habit makes them steer toward what they’re looking at.”
Baker did say his department was hit with four emergency calls in a little more than an hour and a half Wednesday night, including the three-car crash just north of the fire.
Northbound lanes shut down about 15 minutes
By John L. Ross / Staff Writer
More than 1,700 people gathered Monday in Pikeville for the Shaping Our Appalachian Region – SOAR – Summit.
TODAY'S HEADLINES - DEC. 10, 2013
Board updated on career center
Woman dies following Nov. 27 crash
City Commission approves tax refunds
- TODAY'S HEADLINES - DEC. 10, 2013
- Local News
BREAKING NEWS - High waters close road in Whitley Co.
According to the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet, KY 779 in Whitley Co. at mp. 11.5 - both lanes are covered by water. High water signs have been placed at said location by state personnel.
- Ready to prepare for Winter’s air?
- BREAKING NEWS - High waters close road in Whitley Co.
- Local Sports
The Barbourville Tigers returned to action on their home court against the Rockastle County Rockets on Monday.
Patriots complete road to Rome with 34-27 overtime win
The University of the Cumberlands (UC) football team came into their NAIA FCS Semifinal round matchup against Carroll College looking for a first in school history.
- Nail Biter
SOAR-ing in Eastern Kentucky
By the time many of you read this, I’ll be traveling to southeastern Kentucky, on my way to the SOAR Summit scheduled for Monday in Pikeville (at least if the weather cooperates).
- SOAR-ing in Eastern Kentucky
Stacie Eichinger brings out her "Walk 4 Courage" buggy and beads she's selling outside the West Knox Volunteer Fire and Rescue station Wednesday, to pose with the crew. Those in the picture include Chief Darryl Baker and his son.
Raising money for ill children, Stacie sets foot at West Knox firehouse
Moments after Stacie Eichinger got to the West Knox Volunteer Fire and Rescue station on a warm Wednesday afternoon, priority one was to lose the shoes.
- Raising money for ill children, Stacie sets foot at West Knox firehouse
Ky. needs to enact smoke-free law
As president of the Kentucky Society for Respiratory Care and a board member of the Kentucky Rural Health Association, I urge state lawmakers to enact a smoke-free law, which would greatly benefit the health of Kentuckians.
- Ky. needs to enact smoke-free law
Authors Steve Vest (left) and James B. Goode (right) discuss the making of the holiday book, "Kentucky's Twelve Days of Christmas."
Season’s Readings: Christmas book tour stops in Corbin
For an hour Monday, voices filled with the written words of Christmases past filtered through the Corbin Public Library.
- Season’s Readings: Christmas book tour stops in Corbin