Motorists in Cherokee County should continue to exercise extreme caution.
Cherokee County Engineer Corey Chambers has informed WEIS Radio News that three highway department trucks worked throughout the day Wednesday, in an effort to clear the primary roads, before moving on to the secondary roadways – and they are back on the job today
Kenny Wilbanks, a supervisor with the Highway Department – was hurt Tuesday night, while on the job; he had just gotten out of his vehicle, when he slipped and fell on the ice, breaking his hip in the process.
He was taken to Cherokee Medical Center where he was stabilized, and was air-lifted to Erlanger Wednesday morning around 9:30.
We understand that Mr. Wilbanks underwent surgery Wednesday, and everything went well – he will however, be on crutches for six to eight weeks – with a recovery time of approximately three months.
The Etowah County EMA is urging motorists to stay off the roads this morning, advising that the roads are considered dangerous due to icy conditions.
Reports from North Georgia, are much the same as here in Cherokee County – there are stretches on the primary roadways that are clear – however motorists will also see stretches of ice – and of course the backroads are still considered dangerous.