Body Shops Swamped From Winter Storm Accidents

By: Lily Wu - Email
By: Lily Wu - Email

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Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Body shops and tow services continue to be swamped with calls from accidents.

Since last Wednesday, more than half of the 42 cars brought to Service Body Shop have been towed in because of major damage.

"The worst ones are missing bumpers, completely indented into their radiators, to where they could almost be totaled out," said Alycia Lewis, production representative for Service Body Shop in South Wichita.

The cars have been involved in major to minor accidents, like the one Terese Johnson experienced last Thursday. She got into a minor accident on a snow-packed neighborhood road.

"I was just creeping along and as I came around a corner, I took a slide and went into a curb," she said. "I was just a little afraid with the way it was acting to go any further home."

In South Central Kansas, the Kansas Highway Patrol responded to 23 injury and 118 non-injury crashes since the storm began.

The KHP statewide dispatch center received more than 1,700 calls for assistance during the 24-hour period last Thursday, when the initial storm was raging across the state.

Seven cars were involved in accidents on K-254 near Hillside during this morning's rush hour. Those crashes were blamed on black ice that were on elevated roadways like bridges and ramps.

"The best advice is just to take your time and I'm really sorry that people have been hurt," said Johnson. "I was lucky, so, I'm just really thankful."

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