Winter Weather Spurs Wrecks; Closes I-70 Near Colo. Border

By: Nick Viviani / Sarah Plake
By: Nick Viviani / Sarah Plake

TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) -- The rain and falling temperatures early Thursday morning turned into a wintry mix just in time for rush hour.

Snow and low visibility caused by high winds prompted officials to close I-70 to Burlington, Colo., at 4:30 a.m. and extended it to Wakeeney a couple hours later. It finally reopened a little after 8:00 a.m.

Several crashes were reported throughout the first half the day, including a four-car wreck on I-70 between MacVicar and Gage just after 9:00 a.m. No one was injured.

Authorities in Shawnee CO. said that by 11:00 a.m., they had responded to six or seven other accidents, all of which were non-injury.

In Waubaunsee Co., the KHP were called to I-70 and Wabaunsee Road where a semi had jackknifed and slid into the median. No injuries were reported there.

Riley Co. police said they were working at least 15 wrecks during the 8 o'clock hour, including several slideoffs.

"A lot of the accidents appeared to be somewhat minor, fender bender kind of things, accidents that are fairly common when it comes to slick roads. We didn't have any major injury accidents or major vehicle damage accidents," Public Information Officer for RCPD Matthew Droge said.

RCPD have not entered into an emergency accident reporting phase.

Posted by: Nick Viviani


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