Winter blast causes numerous wrecks, more on the way

By Chris Swick
January 20, 2016

Numerous minor accidents and slide-offs in McPherson County Tuesday due to the ice and sleet that fell in Kansas, but thankfully few injuries.

The accidents stared piling up just after 10:30 am Tuesday, with Kansas Highway Patrol troopers working three separate crashes in McPherson County just around the noon hour. That included a one-vehicle rollover on I-135 at milepost 55 that saw no one injured and a jack-knifed semi near exit 46 on I-135 around Moundridge.

Crews in McPherson responded to a few accidents, as well, with only a minor injury reported in one, though the patient refused transport.

Three Wichita men were hospitalized in Harvey County following a one-vehicle accident three miles west of Hesston on Dutch Avenue that saw the driver lose control and slide into a ditch before striking a tree.

A Lyons teenager and a Wichita woman were both hospitalized in Reno County following an afternoon accident that saw the driver, the Lyons teenager, lose control on an icy overpass northbound on K-61 north of 30thStreet in Hutchinson and travel into the median before rolling.

Another round of winter weather is in the forecast for today and into Thursday, with a winter weather advisory out for the listening area until 6 p.m. Thursday. The National Weather Service in Wichita is forecasting rain and snow before 5 p.m. today, with snow likely after 5 p.m. and continuing through the overnight hours and into Thursday.

Total snow accumulation is expected to be 3-4 inches.