Kentucky’s SAFE (Safety Assistance for Freeway Emergencies) Patrol is one KTC service that drivers can take advantage of if they are stranded. According to a press release, the SAFE Patrol has helped more than 5,000 drivers since an expanded fleet rolled out in September. A Paducah-stationed crew patrols Interstate 24 between Eddyville and the Ohio River Bridge at the Illinois – Kentucky state line, serving Trigg County, as well as Ballard, Calloway, Carlisle, Crittenden, Fulton, Graves, Hickman, Livingston, Lyon, McCracken and Marshall counties. Stranded motorists can call 1-877-FOR-KYTC for help. Services are free and are provided seven days a week from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.
The response vehicles are four-wheel-drive crew cab trucks equipped with necessary tools, including a fire extinguisher, variable message board, first-aid supplies and incident management equipment. Operators can respond to transportation incidents involving cars, trucks, buses, trains and even aircraft. They are trained in first aid and CPR, general vehicle repairs, even managing accident scenes.
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