Vehicle flips upside down in weather-related wreck

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MAIZE, Kan. -- Slick road conditions led to a series of accidents on a bridge at Tyler Road and K-96 Monday morning.

"We had an issue where the overpass right here was slick due to the snow that had fallen and due to the wind conditions that we had, caused the snow to freeze," said Sedgwick County Sheriff's Deputy Jeremy R. Jameson.

One vehicle slid off the roadway. Another person lost control of their vehicle, overcorrected and hit guard rails. It led to several crashes, leaving one vehicle overturned.

The biggest problem is that many drivers underestimated what seemed like a light snowfall, he said.

"When you have air, the wind blowing underneath the bridge and you have the snow that's coming down, you're going to have these lower temperatures. It's going to cause the snow to freeze," Jameson said. "Once it freezes on these overpasses, it becomes an ice rink."

No people were seriously hurt, but it's important to keep in mind that the temperatures and conditions can be deceiving, especially when the wind is factored in, he said.


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