Icy conditions to blame for two Kansas deaths

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KANSAS CITY, Kan. — Two people died as the result of icy roads Monday in Kansas. More than six inches of snow fell in the state, causing highways to be snow packed and dangerous.

The first fatality accident occurred Monday morning on I-70 in Sherman County at approximately 9 a.m., according to KHP. The driver in the one-car accident died.

According to Sharon Watson, public affairs director with the Kansas Adjutant General’s Department, the second death happened Monday night in Ellis County along a stretch of I-70. Watson said a female passenger was killed in a one-car accident. Three others were injured.

Watson urges Kansas residents to stay indoors if they can. Some roads have closed. To get the latest road condition and weather updates in Kansas check the following:

Across the state line, Missouri is dealing with similar conditions and residents have been urged to stay indoors.

“Overnight, the conditions have been deteriorating considerably especially since 2 a.m. when the temperatures dropped, the roadway started becoming snow-covered,” said Lt. Scott Shipers with the Missouri Highway Patrol. “Since then we’re starting to see a lot of vehicles get stuck out in the weather conditions.”

Being stranded on the side of the road in near-blizzard conditions is problematic, not only for motorists but for service workers who may be called to help assist.

“If you absolutely have to be out, please buckle up and alter your driving habits to the conditions of the roadways because it’s very severe out there right now,” Shipers said.

While city roads continue to be monitored, utility companies are busy keeping up with power outages. As of 8:30 a.m., nearly 60,000 people were without power.

“A lot of tree branches have been coming down due to the heavy, wet snow accumulating on them and the high winds,” Mayor James said, adding that the power outages are believed to be weather related.

Because of this, Mayor James urged residents to be mindful of alternate heating sources and to monitor them carefully.

Kansas City’s State of Emergency remains in effect until 11:59 p.m. Wednesday.

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