Winter weather in Southeast Kansas causes dangerous driving conditions

ALLEN & LABETTE COUNTY, Kan.–Road conditions in Southeast Kansas weren’t great for anyone out on the roads. And they got worse the more you headed north.

Charles Morse, Emergency Management Director for Labette County says they did see a few accidents relating to this weather.

“We had  two-car, non injury accidents out the town here… we have a semi jackknife somewhere at around the near-shore river bridge and 400 highway, and then we had a limb come down, we assume due to ice. Took the power service out on a house.”

Over in Allen county, their emergency manager says they have had some slide off’s, but no reported injuries.

“We have had a few minor incidents where people have slid in off the road, but no collisions where anybody has gotten hurt. some people have gotten stuck just on the side of the road, but nothing major,” said Jason Trego, Emergency Manager for Allen County.

He credits it to many people staying off the roads and staying safe.

“A lot of people are just staying home and that is what we recommend just to stay off the roads,” Trego said.

But when people do need to be on the road in conditions similar to those on Thursday, Morse offered some advice to stay safe.

“If you can cancel or postpone it, please do. if you do go out, you know, make sure your phone charged extra water, extra blankets give the road crews the county and city and state give the guys time to get their job done and get the roads cleared and stuff down with it turning cold like it is.”

But in the end, it’s safer to just say home.


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