Fewer folks on the roads meant fewer accidents Friday, Douglas County Sheriff’s Office says

Despite a layer of ice covering most of Douglas County, area law enforcement handled just six car accidents and slide-offs Friday.

Deputy Charlie Cooper of the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office said via email Friday that the department worked one single-vehicle injury accident on U.S. Highway 59 at Baldwin Junction. That accident was due to the vehicle sliding off the roadway and striking a sign, Cooper said; the driver was taken to Lawrence Memorial Hospital for precautionary medical checks.

Deputies also worked a single-vehicle noninjury accident on Kansas Highway 10 and three single-vehicle slide-offs, Cooper said.

“Due to school and facility closings it reduced the amount of normal traffic on the roadways and reduced the number of accidents seen during these slick road conditions,” Cooper wrote.

Lawrence police worked just one noninjury accident around 11:45 a.m. Friday, department spokesman Patrick Compton said via email.

“Good day,” he summarized.

Cooper said city, county and Kansas Department of Transportation road crews worked overnight and throughout the day Friday to pretreat, clear and sand the roads.

In addition to area school districts, several other facilities in northeastern Kansas were closed Friday. However, the icy conditions were enough to wreak havoc on Kansas City air traffic. A plane slid off a runway at Kansas City International Airport, the Associated Press reported; there were no injuries, but many flights in and out of the airport were cancelled.

According to the National Weather Service in Topeka, Lawrence had received a half-inch of precipitation as of 4 p.m. Friday, including rain and freezing rain. The temperature had reached a high of 34 degrees and a low of 25 degrees.

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