WICHITA, Kansas – Slick roads caused a number of accidents during rush hour this morning.
In Wichita, accidents were reported on Kellogg and I-235, Kellogg and Oliver, Kellogg and Rock Road and Kellogg and Tyler. One accident involving a road plow happened at 151st Street West and Kellogg around 9 a.m. Another accident near Tyler and Douglas involved a mail truck and a car that slid off to the side of the road.
Officials with Sedgwick County Dispatch say from midnight to 11 a.m. there were eight injury accidents and 44 non-injury accidents.
Wichita city crews say they had all 50 plows out since 1 a.m. Since the storm started as rain, they didn’t put any brine down. Instead, they waited for the snow to accumulate and began to put down their salt sand mix.
“Once the snow stops about an hour or two after, as early as that, you’ll see improvements, noticeable improvements to the streets. It’s not quite deep enough or thick enough for us to plow yet and plowing really slows down our operation so what we’ll do is continue to apply our salt sand mix. Once we get on the other side of the event when the the precipitation stops, we should see some improvements,” said Alan King, Wichita Director of Public Works.
Officials say you should drive 30 to 50 percent slower and allow five car lengths between vehicles during winter weather.
As of 6 a.m., the official snowfall measured in Wichita was less than an inch.