Dangerous Driving Conditions Cause Crashes Along I-44

By KOLR10 News

Published 03/02 2014 11:35AM

Updated 03/02 2014 11:45AM

SPRINGFIELD, Mo.-- Poor driving conditions along I-44 has resulted in two automobile crashes Mar. 2, one with minor injuries.

The Springfield Police Department has reported two vehicle crashes along I-44 near Springfield.

One truck was reported to have lost control on the highway, flipping the vehicle and hitting a tree. The driver was taken to the hospital with minor injuries.

Another crash along I-44 yielded no injuries when a van carrying 6 passengers lost control due to weather conditions.

When the inclement weather hits, the Missouri Highway Patrol urges drivers to adjust their driving to reach their destination safely. Slow down when driving on snow or on ice, and increase the following distance between you and other vehicles.

Before you travel, make sure your car has been winterized and you have an ice scraper, tire chains, flashlight, battery booster cables, blankets, and a bag of sand placed in your trunk.
Driving conditions can change rapidly as temperatures drop, so be aware of rain changing to ice or sleet.

If you become stranded or see another vehicle stranded on the side of the road with passengers, please call the Missouri State Highway Patrol emergency number at 1-800-525-5555 or dial *55 on a cellular phone. These numbers will contact the nearest troop headquarters.

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