The Kansas Turnpike Authority said Monday morning’s icy conditions on Interstate 70 in Leavenworth County caused 12 accidents in a short period of time, but no major injuries were reported.
“It kind of just caused havoc out there I think for an hour or so,” said Jamie Miller, director of Leavenworth County EMS.
Most of the crashes did not involve injuries. They occurred in an area east of the Tonganoxie and Eudora exit.
A KTA dispatcher did say Tuesday morning that a 6-year-old girl, who had minor injuries, and her mother were taken to Overland Park Regional Medical Center. The accident report was not yet complete Tuesday, and further information was not available, but the dispatcher said the crash occurred at 9:20 a.m. Monday one mile west of the turnpike’s eastern terminal.
Miller said the icy conditions likely made it difficult for drivers traveling at high speeds to slow down, especially if they slammed on their brakes to avoid an earlier accident. As Kansas Highway Patrol troopers and emergency workers cleared the accidents from the area, it caused traffic congestion until noon, especially in the eastbound lanes.