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Freezing Drizzle Contributes To Two Deadly Accidents

By: KAKE News Email
By: KAKE News Email
Late night freezing drizzle turned roads deadly across KAKEland.

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Friday, February 25, 2011
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Late night freezing drizzle turned roads deadly across KAKEland.

One person is dead, and five others were injured after an accident on I-35, near the Central Road bridge.

Kansas Turnpike Authority crash logs show a 30-year-old woman lost control of her vehicle on the slick roadway, flipping the car, and sliding down the embankment.

The crash killed one of the passengers, 54-year-old Ramiro Lopez of Emporia. The five other people in the vehicle were injured, including two teenagers.

"You need to be looking for that shiny appearance on the road. Reduce your speed would be the most important thing and be prepared because the elevated roadways, bridges and overpasses, will freeze first," said Lt. Phil Bostian, KS Highway Patrol.

Another deadly crash happening in Cowley County on K-15 just west of the K-15, U.S. 77 intersection. The driver, 28-year-old Montia Robbins of Derby, was pronounced dead at the scene after his vehicle went into a ditch and rolled several times, throwing him out of the vehicle.

Robbins lost control due to slick road conditions when exiting the east side of the Walnut River Bridge, Cowley County Undersheriff Bill Mueller said. Three other people were injured in the accident.

Undersheriff Mueller said there were several reports throughout the night of slide offs and other accidents near bridges and elevated roadways due to icy conditions.


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