Snow Snarls Wichita Traffic as Accidents Mount

By: AP
By: AP

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) _ The season's first winter blast spawned hundreds of traffic accidents Tuesday across central Kansas as slick roads made travel hazardous for much of the day.

South central and parts of central Kansas generally had accumulations upward of 2 inches.

The National Weather Service in Wichita reported stiff winds gusting to 40 miles an hour also reduced visibility to half a mile.

Sedgwick County officials recorded 359 traffic accident calls to 911 between midnight and 4 p.m. today. That compares to 41 calls the day before during the same period of time.

One of those involved a multi-car pileup involving five or six cars on Interstate 135 just north of the Kansas Coliseum.

Just 36 of those accidents during the same period involved injuries.

A tanker truck overturned on slick Kansas City, Kan., roads, closing Interstate 70 and leaving at least three people with minor injuries. KCTV reported the truck was carrying liquid ammonium nitrate and authorities had to clean up after a small leak.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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