Drivers slipped and slid on snow-packed and icy roads Tuesday night and this morning, leading to fender-benders and a rollover wreck about 2 a.m. at Baldwin Junction that sent one person to the hospital.
For the most part, though, police throughout the area were preoccupied with one task: helping drivers who slid off the road and got stuck.
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Dispatchers for the Lawrence Police Department and Douglas County Sheriff's Office received about 18 calls for help between 5 a.m. and 9:30 a.m. today related to minor accidents or stuck drivers. Problems seemed to be concentrated in two areas: Kansas Highway 10 and the Pleasant Grove area on U.S. 59 Highway south of Lawrence.
A one-vehicle rollover at 2:04 a.m. at the Baldwin Junction (U.S. 59 and U.S. 56 highways) sent one person to Lawrence Memorial Hospital by ambulance, and another injury accident was reported near Big Springs, a dispatcher said.
The Kansas Turnpike Authority reported that about six drivers slid off the road this morning between Lecompton and the Kansas City area. The Kansas Highway Patrol reported between 10 and 15 fender benders in Douglas, Franklin and Jefferson counties combined between about 6 a.m. and 9:30 a.m. today.
A watch commander with the Johnson County Sheriff's Office said his department has worked about five accidents so far this morning and assisted about 30 stuck drivers.
Apparently, the cities of Eudora and Tonganoxie are filled with good drivers. Dispatchers for those cities' police departments said there were few, if any, accidents this morning.