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Woman dies after road washes out in Caldwell County

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Trigg County Emergency Management reports a woman died overnight when the roadway along KY 276 in Caldwell County washed out from beneath her vehicle following a heavy downpour.

Nancy Hyde Fox, 61, was driving along Blackhawk Road in the Blue Springs area. When Hyde Fox was crossing the Long Pond Branch Culvert, the roadway washed out, according to Paula Flood with the EMA

Flood said the incident was reported around 8 p.m. on Tuesday by a Pennyrile Electric utility crew that was responding to an outage call in the area.

According to the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet, the two drainage pipes at the Long Pond Branch Culvert overflowed onto the roadway, creating a hole estimated to be up to 60 ft. across and more than 20 ft. deep.

Rescue teams from Trigg County and Marshall County were not able to immediately locate the car because of the depth and speed of the rushing water.

Emergency crews located the vehicle just before 11 p.m. about 3,000 ft. downstream in an area below Tyler Road in Trigg County, which runs parallel to and south of KY 276/Blackhawk Road in Trigg County.

That car was found after the water levels dropped and an employee of the Trigg County Road Department noticed tires sticking out of the water.

The car was submerged and upside down, but by 1 a.m. emergency crews were able to recover the body of Hyde Fox.

She had been visiting her brother for his birthday and was headed to her home just a few miles away when the incident happened.

Hyde Fox is the mother of Trigg County Rescue Squad Chief Barry Fox who worked on the rescue and recovery effort.

"Those of us involved with emergency preparedness and response in Trigg County are saddened and numbed by this tragedy," Flood said in a news release.  "Our thoughts and prayers are with the family."

As KYTC engineers have started evaluating the site on KY 276/Blackhawk Rd., area residents have responded with helpful information.

According to Keith Todd with KYTC, Farmers near the location report rainfall amounts of 3.8 inches, and 4.2 inches of rain, much of it in the evening hours of Tuesday, July 29. He said one neighbor reported 4.2 inches in less than 2 hours near the washout. That followed several inches of rain over several days that likely left the ground saturated.

The National Weather Service had issued an Urban and Small Stream Flood Advisory for the area.

Todd said two crashes were reported nearby on Interstate 24 where water ran across the road during the downpour.

He said other neighbors came forward to report remembering a washout at the same location in about 1960 that closed the road for an extended period. They said that washout did not involve loss of life. At that time, a larger culvert was placed at the site.

Todd said information from the neighbors will help engineers to evaluate the site and move forward with repairs as quickly as possible.

KYTC engineers have placed rock across KY 276/Blackhawk Rd. to provide a more permanent barricade on each side of the washout. In the coming weeks, Todd said they will be evaluating the site for possible installation of a pre-fabricated arch culvert, construction of a concrete culvert or one of another design.

He said they are prepared to ask for emergency funding to help expedite repairs to the road once a cost estimate has been established.

Engineers say it is likely to take several months to finish the required engineering work and move to construction or placement of a new culvert that would allow the road to reopen.

Drivers are asked to use appropriate caution due to spotty, heavy rain showers across the region.

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