Icing leads to accidents, road closures
ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOX)- The freezing drizzle that moved across the region Wednesday evening left behind slick streets and sidewalks, leading to several accidents and a few falls.
“It’s as slick as grease!” That’s how Ross Hanna of St. Charles County described his front porch shortly after the drizzle began falling Wednesday evening.
Hanna says the drizzle was so light, it was hard to see, “If you hold your bare hand out you can feel the precipitation but visibly, it’s very fine.”
MO-Dot says it has 150 trucks on duty and is working through the night to keep up with conditions. I-Dot says it has over 140 trucks on the streets.
The Franklin County, MO Sheriff’s Department is warning would-be motorists to stay home, saying all roads are dangerously slick.
Emergency crews responded to numerous accidents, including one that closed the eastbound lanes of I-70 near Pearce Blvd. in St. Charles County. MO-Dot reported I-44 was closed in both directions south of St. Clair, MO.
To the south of St. Louis, northbound US 67 was so slick near Bonne Terre, MO that vehicles couldn’t get up a hill. Some cars slid off the road while other motorists parked until conditions improved.
In the metro east, serious accidents caused eastbound I-70 to be shut down in two locations.
Illinois State Police tell us eastbound 70 was closed at Troy because of an accident involving two tractor-trailers and a car. It was also shutdown near Greenville because of an accident involving a tractor-trailer.
There was also a head-on accident on Route 161 near New Baden.
I-Dot Operations Engineer Joe Monroe says the heaviest hit areas were south and east of St. Louis in Washington, Marion and Randolph Counties.
There were so many accidents in the metro east that State Police held the night shift troopers over and brought the midnight shift in early, and even then they tell KMOX they won’t have enough on duty to handle all the wrecks.
The rain and freezing rain are expected to continue off and on overnight.
For the latest weather and traffic information, listen to Newsradio 1120 KMOX and check back at KMOX.COM.
Copyright KMOX Radio