Black ice causes treacherous conditions north of KC, people stuck on interstate for hours

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SMITHVILLE, Mo. -- Friday evening, some of you noticed only the cold where you were, while others in the Kansas City metro area experienced dangerous conditions when they tried to get home.

FOX 4's Shannon O'Brien went to Smithville, where black ice had tires spinning, people falling and drivers crashing into each other. (Scroll down for her report from FOX 4 News at 5 p.m. Friday evening.)

FOX 4 received desperate messages like the one below from people stuck in traffic, helpless.

"Been stuck on I 29 NB Faucet Mo heading to Maryville for 3 1/2 hrs just dumbfounded can someone please help on the back up?"

Others tweeted the agony of being stuck for so long on the interstate.

FOX 4 spoke to officials from MoDOT, who said semi-trucks on the interstate were unable to get any traction, which was causing the massive backup for miles and hours on I-29. Unfortunately, they did not have a timetable on when the trucks would be cleared.

FOX 4 viewer Alex Morris sent us pictures of a truck accident off 36-Highway east of Riverside Road outside of St. Joseph.

Courtesy: Alex Morris –Facebook message

Courtesy: Alex Morris –Facebook message

Courtesy: Alex Morris –Facebook message

Courtesy: Alex Morris –Facebook message

Another FOX 4 viewer sent us this troubling message about kids unable to get home from school in the Excelsior Springs and Lawson areas.

"You all haven't mentioned much about Excelsior Springs or Lawson area, but it is absolutely treacherous up here. Kids are still at school at 5:15pm because the buses can't run. 50+ wrecks. Police are asking people to not call their phones unless it is a serious, injury-related accident. It is VERY dangerous here with the very hilly, curvy terrain. Please warn people!" -- from FOX 4 Facebook message

Stay with FOX 4 throughout the weekend. FOX 4's Joe Lauria is in for the long haul. Message him on Twitter or Facebook and watch his newscasts and reports.