Archive for Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Two accidents reported on eastbound I-70 near Lecompton; more accidents throughout city and county

KHP troopers urge drivers to slow down

The slick conditions and blowing snow have caused problems for drivers Tuesday on the Kansas Turnpike.

December 9, 2008, 5:53 a.m. Updated December 9, 2008, 5:04 p.m.


6 Weather Afternoon Forecast for Dec. 9, 2008

The snow will deteriorate through the afternoon leaving us with light snow into the evening commute. The biggest problem will be the high wind and blowing snow. Our wind speeds for 9:00 p.m. will be out of the north between 10-20 mph with gusts near 30. Temperatures will fall to 22 degrees and continue to drop for the overnight. Enlarge video

5:03 p.m. Another injury accident was reported on E2300 Road in the far southeast region of the county.

Lawrence Police have also reported numerous cars in ditches, but so far none of the accidents in the city seem to have resulted in serious accidents.

Roads in Kansas City, including I-70 near I-635, have been much worse and blocked more extensively.

Stay with throughout the day for more updates.

3:25 p.m. The slick conditions and blowing snow have caused problems for drivers Tuesday on the Kansas Turnpike.

Several wrecks have been reported near Lawrence exits.

A 56-year-old Prairie Village man also died Tuesday morning near El Dorado when he lost control of a pickup truck that rolled over, according to the Kansas Turnpike Authority.

The first significant batch of winter weather this season across the state has kept the Kansas Highway Patrol busy, especially on the turnpike.

The snow is not deep, and it’s mostly blowing across highways, which apparently has made some drivers believe they can still drive fast, a KHP supervisor said.

“I think that’s what’s causing a majority of our problems,” said Capt. John Walters, who is part of the KHP’s operations on the turnpike.

Troopers are encouraging people to slow down and use caution, especially if they commute home this evening on the turnpike.

3 p.m. Emergency responders are investigating another accident on eastbound I-70 just west of an already reported accident.

It is unknown whether the accidents are related or whether it may be from a car that was unable to stop in time to avoid other cars delayed by the earlier accident.

2:55 p.m. At least some eastbound traffic on I-70 heading into Douglas County is blocked as emergency crews try to clear the scene of the injury accident near Lecompton.

2:20 p.m. Lawrence police spokeswoman Kim Murphree said that as of 1:30 p.m., officers have responded to 14 noninjury and one injury accident in the city today.

2:13 p.m. Crews from Lecompton Township Fire and Lawrence Douglas County Fire and medical are investigating an injury accident on eastbound I-70, two miles west of the Lecompton interchange.

One vehicle was reported to be involved.

More details as they develop.

2:01 p.m. Emergency workers are responding to a one-vehicle wreck on the edge of Baldwin City.

Just before 2 p.m., dispatchers received a call about a vehicle that had struck a tree near the 1600 block of U.S. Highway 56, which is the northwestern edge of Baldwin City.

1:50 p.m. Emergency responders have cleared the scene of an injury accident on the Kansas Turnpike.

Traffic is moving again though the Kansas Department of Transportation reports that the roadway is partly snowpacked with ice.

1:21 p.m. The Kansas Highway Patrol and Lawrence Douglas County Fire and Medical are investigating a two-vehicle injury accident on the Kansas Turnpike this afternoon.

The accident was reported shortly before 1:20 p.m. in the eastbound lanes of I-70. At least one lane of eastbound traffic was blocked approaching the Kansas River bridge.

More information as it develops.

12:15 p.m. Snow and sleet continues to fall in Lawrence.

The city put out a release recently and indicated that city crews are treating icy roads, though plowing typically doesn't begin until there is about three inches of accumulation on roads. City crews began their work at 4 this morning.

The city also reminds residents that a city ordinance requires all sidewalks to be shoveled within 24 hours of the end of a snow storm.

11:15 a.m. According to a statement released this morning by the Kansas Department of Transportation, road conditions are beginning to deteriorate.

Roads in Douglas County and areas of east of Lawrence are categorized as wet/slush. As drivers move west across the state, roads are categorized as snowpacked/ice.

Snow accumulations of 1-3 inches are expected in the area throughout the day.

Our earlier story:

The warm temperatures of late will be distant memory by this afternoon, when overnight rain is expected to turn to snow, with as much as three inches accumulating.

Craig Gold, meteorologist for KTKA, a sister station of 6News, says temperatures will stay in the low 30s. He cautioned drivers about blowing snow and slush on roads, which could be hazardous.

Gold said to expect heavier rain and snow between 9 and 10 this morning.


Flap Doodle 9 years ago

What does Katy Tornado have to say?

caverdoc 9 years ago


countrygirl 9 years ago

Any word on if the streets are getting slick? I'm stuck in my little cube!!

trinity 9 years ago

we're getting a pretty good snow/sleet mix with really high winds here in paola! :)i am quite sure katy tornady is all frantic-y by this point!

Curtis Lange 9 years ago

I haven't driven since the first flakes started to fall this morning, so are the roads really that bad? I was looking at the KC Scout cameras and there are accidents all over 435 and the downtown loop. I've heard a few sirens here in Lawrence too.

OldEnuf2BYurDad 9 years ago

"Snow falls on Derek Peterson, a KU sophomore from Overland Park, on his way home."That's a long ride, even without the snow!

Sigmund 9 years ago

"KDOT warns that roads in county are wet and slushy"Thank god for the government as I would never have been able to have figured that out!

helpmehelpyou 9 years ago

i was just out driving to get my son at school and yes its getting slick. Especially 19th street from haskell to Iowa and Connecticut street is too!

jackpot 9 years ago

Hey cube girl just don't try to rush. Roads are getting slick. Slow down and brake early.

helpmehelpyou 9 years ago

I wasn't going very fast at all! but the slush has ice under it. So please just be careful is all i was saying. And people arent slowin down cuz they are in to big a hurry!

countrygirl 9 years ago

I grew up in Western Kansas so I learned how to drive in this crud at an early age. It's the other morons that think they need to be in a hurry that worry me. Be careful out there.

Bunny_Hotcakes 9 years ago

Went out for lunch, roads were slushy but not hazardous. Could see sidewalks freezing on the way back to work, though. I hope the drive home is as uneventful as possible.

John Hamm 9 years ago

Ahhhhhhh.The wonderful sound of Kansas drivers.Crunch.Smash.Dam97it! Oooops. Crash.Hey! I dropped my cellphone. Smash.What's that guy doin'? SMASH!Lookit that! Ha, ha! Oh No! Bump, crash, burn.

justthefacts 9 years ago

Drat! Hard to tell from 3:00 entry if ALL of turnpike is now blocked (going East) or if it still has a trickle of traffic getting thru (slowly). Concur that it is the OTHER drivers that worry me the most. It's sometimes hard to prevent being crashed into by others.

Curtis Lange 9 years ago

From the sound of the story and it's updates, if you get on at the East Lawrence exit you'll be fine.

justthefacts 9 years ago

For those coming from Topeka, going east, it sounds/looks like you will be in a long line waiting to get thru going East - but the good news it that having to go so slow may prevent you from being another wreck!

rachaelisacancer 9 years ago

I wish they'd clarify whether ALL of eastbound 70 is blocked between Topeka and the Lecompton exit. Surely all three lanes aren't shut down. If they are, well, da*n.

justthefacts 9 years ago

Look at the film Rachael. Don't know when it was taken, before or after the SECOND wreck in that area - but it shows some traffic getting thru. Still, HWY 40 may be a better choice tonight (for a change). Good luck.

rachaelisacancer 9 years ago

Thanks. Video doesn't work here at work.

justforfun 9 years ago

The clock has started ticking!!!! only 46 more hours to get your sidewalk clear!!! Tick Tock Tick Tock!!!! I know the ordinance hasent started yet, but I coulden't risist!

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