UPDATE: Freezing drizzle leads to several accidents, slide-offs

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WICHITA, Kan. — Several accidents and slide-offs were reported in Sedgwick and Sumner Counties as freezing drizzle moved into parts of south central Kansas Friday morning.

According to the Kansas Highway Patrol, nine accidents and several slideoffs occurred in the course of an hour on I-235 between K-42 and Meridian in Wichita between 10 a.m. and 11 a.m.

"Forecasters have been predicting the icy conditions all night and drivers just didn't heed their warnings and didn't slow down at all," said Trooper Ryan Tauer of the Kansas Highway Patrol.

Three of the accidents were rollovers. Those rollover crashes included an accident on I-235 at K-42 that left one person injured.

"The driver was northbound on I-235, came across one of the bridges that was iced over and lost control, struck a light pole, and then rolled down an embankment to K42," Tauer said.

Thankfully, troopers say, it was the only rollover crash in which someone was injured.

"All three of the rollovers, people were wearing their seatbelts and that kept them in the vehicle and kept them uninjured," Tauer said.

As the roads iced over, KDOT crews responded and spread additional salt and sand, and placed barrels and cones.

Law enforcement used motorist assist vehicles to block lanes and post signs warning drivers of the conditions.

Still drivers flew by.

One driver even hit one of the motorist assist vehicles that had a lighted sign reading, "Icy Road."

Troopers say that accident is one of the many examples of drivers not using enough caution given the conditions.

"Most of the crashes were very much avoidable," Tauer said. "Just slow down and increase that following distance in front of you."

According to the Sumner County Sheriff's Office, multiple slide-offs were reported around that county as well. Most occurred on US-81 from the Oklahoma state line to the city of Wellington. One person was hurt.

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