Road crews, impeded by an overnight low temperature of minus 1, worked through the night to plow away nearly six inches of snow that covered Douglas County on Friday.
Butch Silvers, a supervisor with Lawrence's street maintenance department, said this morning that salt and sand trucks treated city streets all night, but freezing temperatures caused problems for the snow plows.
"It didn't go too well," he said. "As it hardens up, our snow plows can't get through."
With the sun expected to make an appearance today, Silvers hopes the packed ice and snow will melt enough to ease plowing efforts. "As it loosens up today, we'll be right behind it," he said.
FRANK HEMPEN, Douglas County Public Works director, sent sand and salt trucks throughout the county starting early Friday morning. Hempen was unavailable for comment this morning.
The snow caused a number of fender-benders and at least two injury accidents.
At 9:40 a.m. Friday, three people were injured in a head-on collision about five miles south of Lawrence on U.S. Highway 59.
A Kansas Highway Patrol dispatcher said this morning the accident occurred when a car driven south by John Hulch, 41, Overbrook, went out of control on snow and ice and entered the northbound lane. The car collided with a station wagon driven north by John Kane, 56, Bartlesville, Okla.
Hulch, Kane and Elizabeth Kane, 54, a passenger in Kane's car, were taken to Lawrence Memorial Hospital. The LMH nursing supervisor said this morning Hulch was in fair condition. She said John Kane was treated and released. She could find no record of treatment for Elizabeth Kane.
LAWRENCE POLICE this morning also reported an injury accident stemming from poor driving conditions. Karen M. Byers, 44, 240 Ala., was treated and released from Lawrence Memorial Hospital after an accident at 8:25 a.m. Friday at West Fifth and Maine. Police reported that Byers was southbound on Maine and slid into the intersection. A car driven east on West Fifth by Michael G. Noll, 20, 516 Ohio, also slid into the intersection, and the cars collided.