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Icy Roads Lead to Accidents

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With freezing rain, sleet and snow Saturday night and cold conditions Sunday, we urge everyone to drive safely.

The Cherokee County Sheriff's Office says from Saturday night to Sunday night, officers have responded to eleven accidents related to the road conditions. 

Around 7:37 PM Saturday night, the office received a call that the car slid off the road and overturned on Old Highway 96, near the Kansas, Missouri state line. Luckily the driver escaped okay.

The Kansas Department of Transportation crews started working to clear the roads around 4:00 PM Saturday, until 4:00 AM Sunday morning, starting back up at 8:00 AM.

K-DOT officials say that just because a road looks clear, doesn't mean it's safe.

"Just because it is dry and you are driving along in these kinds of temperatures that we are having, doesn't mean that the next mile you are not going to hit a slick spot, and that can get you in trouble and so that is the most dangerous thing right now" says Wayne Nelson.

K-DOTs advice:

- allow plenty of time for your vehicle to stop.

- stay back at least a hundred feet from snow plows.

- allow plenty of time for travel.

Also keep your ice picks out and ready and allow time for your car to defrost and heat up before driving.

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