Winter weather subsides, agencies resume regular accident reporting

KDOT's road conditions map at kandrive.org showed completely and partially snow-packed roads at 1 p.m. Friday, Nov. 22, 2019.

(WIBW) - Icy conditions closed a couple roads for a while Friday afternoon in Manhattan, but procedures were returning to normal around the area by Friday night.

Riley Co. Police said a semi blocked traffic on Seth Child Rd. around 2:30 p.m. Friday. They had closed the street from Hwy. 24 going to Marlatt due to ice. RCPD also closed eastbound Anderson at Connecticut for a time. Both areas were back open by 3:30 p.m.

Winter weather conditions spreading across the state had RCPC and several other law enforcement agencies implementing emergency accident procedures.

The Kansas Dept. of Transportation's road conditions map showed highways from Manhattan to Hays, and north and south of there, completely and partially snow-packed.

Just after 12:30 p.m., the Geary Co. Sheriff's Office issued an alert that it was implementing emergency accident reporting procedures. They said the current weather and road conditions they were experiencing could overwhelm authorities with calls for minor accidents.

Topeka Police announced just before 1 p.m. that it, too, was implementing its walk-in accident reporting phase. A spokesperson said the city was seeing sleet begin to fall and visibility worsening, so they decided to be proactive in implementing the measure.

Riley Co. Police joined the others around 1:45 p.m. The agency tweeted it had eight active wrecks at the time.

All three agencies had resumed regular response by 6 p.m. Friday.

In general, emergency reporting procedures mean authorities will not respond to accidents where the vehicles involved are still operable. In such cases, drivers are to exchange information and report the accident to police later.

Authorities will respond to accidents involving:
-Injury, possible injury, death
-Hit and run
-Driver possibly impaired by drugs, alcohol
-Disturbance between those involved
-Hazardous materials situations
-Blocking traffic
-Vehicles require towing