Black ice, cold temperatures cause wrecks in KC area

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) – Black ice and frigid temperatures are proving to be a bad combination in the Kansas City area.

The Kansas City Star reports more 170 morning rush hour accidents were
reported Thursday in the metro area. Kansas City, Missouri, police alone
responded to 116 accident calls from 5 a.m. to 9 a.m., including 77 involving injuries.

The region’s first blast of winter arrived unusually early, on Halloween, long before the official start of winter. The metro area received 1-2 inches of snow, but some other nearby areas got up the 5 inches of snow.

Temperatures fell to 22 degrees in Kansas City, and roads were icy slick.

The Kansas Highway Patrol responded to 38 morning crashes. Several accidents also were reported in Lenexa, Overland Park and other Kansas suburbs.

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