Freezing drizzle causes deadly wreck, school cancellations in Kansas

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HAYSVILLE, Kan. (AP/KAKE) -

Freezing drizzle has caused at least one deadly wreck in Kansas and forced dozens of school districts to cancel classes.

Kansas Highway Patrol Trooper Candice Breshears says Dennis Gentry was killed Tuesday when he lost control of his pickup truck on U.S. 169 while crossing a Miami County bridge, then slid into a grassy area and overturned.

Because of the dangerous conditions, the National Weather Service issued a winter weather advisory Wednesday for a large swath of the Midwest, including most of Kansas. The state's Department of Transportation says a many roads in the northeast and lower half of the state are partially or completed covered.

The Army's Fort Riley announced that it would operate on a two-hour delay. Bethany College also told students to stay home.

In addition to slick road conditions, concerns over slippery sidewalks and crosswalks played a role in Wednesday's school cancellations. 

The Emergency Accident Reporting Plan is in effect for Wichita. 

While EARP is in effect, police say that if you are involved in a non-injury accident, exchange information with the other driver involved and you can fill out an accident report at the nearest QuikTrip, Kwik Shop, online at http://wichitapolice.com , on the WPD APP, or at any police station from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Check Wichita road conditions at WichWay.org and check road conditions across the state at KanDrive.org.

Check the list of school closings here

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