Icy Pavement Shuts Busy JoCo Highway Down

By: AP
By: AP

OLATHE, Kan. (AP) _ Freezing rain is making driving hazardous in parts of Kansas and has shut down at least one major highway after a series of crashes blamed on slick pavement.

At least two people died in highway crashes Tuesday when rain and freezing rain were developing, but it was not immediately known if weather was at fault.

The Johnson County Sheriff's Department closed U.S. 169 between 191st Street and 199th in both directions due to ice buildup. Deputies say they worked several accidents and slide-offs in the area.

The Kansas Department of Transportation reports noweather-related closings, but warns that many roads are icy and snowpacked or slushy. Most of the hazardous driving is in eastern and southern Kansas.

KAKE-TV reports two people are dead after crashes Tuesday morning in Cowley and Sumner counties.

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