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Archive for Saturday, December 27, 2008

Weather wreaks havoc on I-70

December 27, 2008

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Snow and icy roads resulted in more than 30 accidents Saturday night on the stretch of Interstate 70 between Topeka and Kansas City.

About a third of the wrecks were vehicles sliding off the road. None of the accidents involved serious or life-threatening injuries, Kansas Turnpike Dispatcher Karrie Winder said.

Road crews were called onto the turnpike, Winder said, but the weather caught up to them.

Particularly bad areas were at mile marker 188 near the Topeka service station and at mile marker 204 near the east Lawrence exit. Just outside of Lawrence, there were several multiple car accidents.

The number of accidents was the result of a busy highway and inclement weather moving in, Winder said.

“Allow extra time, if they have to go somewhere take it slow,” Winder said.

The city of Lawrence also saw it’s fair share of accidents Saturday evening. Among others, reports were made of cars sliding into a sign post and a fire hydrant. Lawrence Police Sgt. Mark Warren said no injuries were reported.

Comments

Sean Livingstone 5 years, 12 months ago

I drove past 8 accidents from Kansas City back to Lawrence. I personally think that many of the accidents could have been avoided (my regards to those who were involved in those accidents). I could see that most of them are very young, several sped past me and I identified several of them in the wreck. I drove for more than 20 years and had experience driving in snow and ice, and I was driving 45-55 mph, these young drivers were all driving over 65 mph in the snow! I slowed down to 40 mph when it became bad. I saw several SUVs too. You really need to slow down especially when you are driving over a bridge.I also saw a few cars that were absurdly slow, driving at 15-20 mph. But, it's better to drive slow than fast if you're not familiar.

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