Slick roads lead to numerous accidents, slide-offs

By: KAKE News Email
By: KAKE News Email

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WICHITA, Kan. -- Another round of winter weather has cause a growing number of traffic accidents and slide-offs in Sedgwick County.

The problems started Friday morning with many slides off and wrecks in south Wichita. After a quick break for the freezing conditions in the evening, another round of sleet and snow made it's way back into Wichita early Saturday morning.

Many of the streets were pretreated but the layer of ice was too thick for the brine mixture to work. Many of the highways inside Wichita city limits experienced bouts of closures and delays while emergency crews worked to clean up the messes left behind.

According to Lt. Andrew Leiber of the Kansas Highway Patrol, many of the motorists were simply driving too fast for slick conditions.

"We encourage motorists to slow down, especially the bridges and overpasses are icy, we are working accidents all over town," Leiber said.

On I-235 alone, there were six accidents in an hour period; one of which was a roll-over accident that sent one of the occupants to the hospital. There has been no tally on how many accidents have been worked as of now, but so far only one person was taken to the hospital in critical condition.

The Emergency Accident Reporting Plan was put into effect around 10:30 P.M. Friday night for the city of Wichita and ten hours later, EARP was in effect for the entire county. Finally after 17 hours, road conditions improved enough to allow EARP to be cancelled.

Leiber's advice, "stay at home unless it is an absolute necessity or emergency to be out" and always wear your seatbelt.

Another reason to stay home, tow truck services are backlogged from all the accidents and poor road conditions. It can take anywhere from one and a half to three hours for truck to arrive.

KAKE News is tracking this winter storm, you can check for updates on our Facebook and Twitter pages and our webpage for updates on road conditions and accidents throughout the city and state.

Before you head out the door this weekend, check road conditions in Wichita and across the state.

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