Icy conditions cause traffic issues in Topeka

TOPEKA (KSNT) – Wednesday morning rush hour in the capital city turned dangerous for drivers due to icy conditions…

Bridges and overpasses particularly were vulnerable to ice, it caused numerous slide-offs and accidents around 7:45 a.m., including one at the I-70/470 interchange where two separate accidents occurred.  One person was reported to have been injured at this location.

At one time, police and emergency responders were working at least eight accidents according to a Topeka Police shift commander, that caused the police department to initiate “phase three” working only accidents involving injury, disabled vehicles and hit and run accidents.

As of 9:40 a.m. the Topeka Police Department received reports of approximately four injury accidents and 10 non-injury accidents, including one roll-over, in the space of about 10 minutes. The Shawnee County Sheriff’s Office says deputies responded 1 injury accident and 7 non-injury accidents.

Topeka Police tell Kansas First News at one point every major bridge along the Kansas River and I-70 had an accident on it, including I-70 and Wittenburg, I70/470 bypass, I70 and south U.S. 75, two accidents at U.S. 75 north from I-70 at the Westgate bridge, both the Kansas Ave and Topeka Ave bridges across the river, the Sardou Bridge.  Most of these wrecks were multi vehicle.

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