Icy Roads Spawn Dozens Of Wrecks, One Fatal

Topeka, Kan. (WIBW) -- Topeka Police were in phase 3 vehicle accident response Wednesday evening, responding only to injury, hit and run or disabled vehicle accident calls.

Freezing drizzle across Northeast Kansas caused slick road conditions in some areas. Drivers were urged to use caution.

By 9 pm, the City of Topeka had seen 32 non-injury accidents, 1 accident with a minor injury and one accident with a major injury, the latter happening at SE 6th and Leland. In addition, Shawnee County handled 20 non-injury accidents and another 7 with injuries. All of those injuries were minor, although the victim of an accident in the 4900 block of SW Wanamaker did need to be extricated from their vehicle.

Geary County and the Kansas Highway Patrol were working an accident on I-70 at the Manhattan exit. It happened just after 6pm. The Kansas Highway Patrol confirms a person was killed.

Drivers also told 13 News many vehicles were in the ditches and medians along I-70, several of them on their tops or sides.

KDOT closed Hwy. 59 south of Lawrence to Hwy. 56 because there were so many accidents. K-10 also was closed for a time.

13's Chief Meteorologist Jeremy Goodwin said that freezing drizzle would continue across areas of Northeast Kansas Wednesday night. KDOT said its crews would work through the night treating roads.


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