Archive for Wednesday, December 13, 2000

Winter storm ices the area

December 13, 2000

Despite clearing roads, people are not out of winter's danger yet.

A snow advisory was in effect from Tuesday night through midday today, with a snow accumulation of 2 to 4 inches expected, according to Greg Koch, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service.

Today's high will be about 20 degrees with a low in the teens. Thursday should be mostly sunny and warmer with a high of 30.

Even though Sunday and Monday's weather conditions, with sub-zero temperatures combined with precipitation had the potential to be quite dangerous, vehicle accidents were fewer than anticipated. Eleven accidents were reported in Leavenworth County one injury, three non-injury and seven ditched vehicles. In Tonganoxie, one non-injury accident was reported.

"The number of accidents was a lot better than we expected," said Sgt. Charles Yates of the Leavenworth County Sheriff's Department. "A lot of people stayed home instead of venturing out because of the conditions. We only actually worked three accidents so we got off pretty good."

Many area schools were closed Monday and Tuesday because of the icy conditions Monday and Tuesday. Sgt. John Putthoff of the Tonganoxie Police Department said with schools being closed and people staying home that there were fewer people on the roads.

"There were fewer accidents than I expected there to be," Putthoff said.

Yates said that the advance notice of the winter storm helped people be prepared.

There was one injury accident, which occurred at about about 8:30 a.m. Monday.

A vehicle pulling a flatbed trailer which was loaded with a backhoe and driven by Kenneth Lindsley, 71, Basehor, was traveling west on Hatchell Road, just west of Smiley Road. Lindsley attempted to drive up an upgrade. His vehicle slid backward, causing the truck to jackknife in the middle of the road, blocking the roadway.

Lindsley, who was not injured, attempted to reach the crest of the hill to warn any oncoming traffic.

Meanwhile, an eastbound vehicle driven by Michael Lash, 43, McLouth, approached the scene. Lash lost control of his vehicle and hit the truck. Lash was taken to Providence Medical Center by Leavenworth County EMS.

Damage to both vehicles was more than $500.

The first non-injury accident occurred at about 9 p.m., Sunday night when a vehicle driven by Carley McGinnis, 19, Tonganoxie, was traveling on U.S. Highway 24-40, about 6 miles east of Tonganoxie. Her vehicle slid off the road and struck a milepost sign. Damage to the vehicle was minor.

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