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Metal causing problem for couple along U.S. 127

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By John Whitlock

After several damaged tires and finding metal shards in their yard, an Owen County couple is looking for answers.
For over two months, Craig and Ann Shouse have been finding metal bits in their lawn, on the road and along their driveway at 4715 U.S. 127. They have lost two tires on their vehicles and a tire on their lawnmower in that time.
“We’ve seen several cars in front of our house with flat tires,” Craig Shouse said.
“It’s really becoming a big problem for a lot of people. Replacing a tire isn’t cheap and there is a safety issue.”
The problem, Shouse said, is related to trucks hauling metal scraps through Owen County. Shouse said the small fragments are falling from the trucks.
“It seemed to start about the time that truck overturned in downtown Owenton,” Craig Shouse said. “We’ve been finding metal around the house sporadically since then.”
Finding answers to the problem have been difficult for the couple.
“I talked to the sheriff’s department and there wasn’t much they could do. They referred me to the (Owen County) road department,” Craig Shouse said. “The department said they would send out a magnet truck to pick up any of the metal.”
But the problems continued and the Shouses continued to find shards not only on the road but also on their property.
Craig Shouse, who works for the Kentucky State Police in Frankfort, contacted KSP Trooper Justin Sams, the trooper who investigated the downtown Owenton accident.
“He told me there was not much law enforcement could do unless they saw it happen,” Craig Shouse said.
Actually seeing the metal fall off the trucks would be very difficult, Craig Shouse said.
“These trucks seem to run mostly at night,” Craig Shouse said. “Because the pieces are so small, it’s hard to catch them falling off the trucks.”
Although he has sought some relief from the state, Craig Shouse said he would have to sue the commonwealth of Kentucky and prove the state was responsible for the problem.
“It’s just a big circle,” Craig Shouse said. “I keep getting referred to someone else.”
Shouse said some of the shards are sharp enough to “cut leather” and present a real problem for people who travel on U.S. 127.
Craig Shouse said if the problem is brought to light, perhaps something could be done to stop it.
“People should be concerned. This is really a safety issue,” Craig Shouse said. “I don’t wanna see anyone get hurt.”
Shouse would like to see the hauling companies use containers that would prevent the metal from slipping off the trucks.