KHP | More Than 75 Weather Related Slide-Offs Reported Along I-70

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Topeka, Kan (WIBW) -- Kansas Highway Patrol says around 7 a.m. Friday morning a stretch of I-70 from OPaxico to Manhattan was sheer ice.

Causing around 75 slideoffs, bringing traffic to a hault and causing a two hour shut down of an 8 mile stretch along I-70 from the Wabaunsee, Riley County line to Paxico.

Cody Moore was on his way to Denver when his vehicle crashed into the back of semi-trailer. He says there was nothing he could do. "I tried pumping the breaks and turning the wheel but nothing going, so i just braced myself and took the impact."

Accidents seemed nearly unavoidable. Lawrence resident Benjamin Bockover saw several on his way to Goodland before his vehicle hit a patch of ice and lost control.

He said, "I just tried not to over-correct and coast it on in I guess. Looks like its just a rear tire off the wheel so hopefully we can get it repaired and on the way again."

The winter weather doesn't look to be moving away either. The National Weather Service expects a wintry mix Friday evening.

Authorities hope Friday morning's accidents served as a learning lesson for the rest of the season.

KHP Technical Trooper Todd Brooks said, "Primarily just slow down. If it's right about freezing and we get some moisture on the roads, people need to slow down and be cognoscente of that."

Kansas Department Of Transportation authorities say when roads are covered in snow or ice, drivers should reduce speeds by 50%.
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As many as 75 "slide-offs" were reported between Paxico and Manhattan Friday morning as road conditions deteriorated across parts of eastern Kansas.

I-70 west of Topeka, westbound lanes at milepost 336 were shut down.

I-35 near the Kansas City area reported problems with reports of multiple accidents.

The highway was reopened by around noon Friday.


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