Winter weather impacting traffic around the Ozarks

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SPRINGFIELD, Mo.– Missouri State Highway Patrol Sergeant John Lueckenhoff said since Wednesday (1/22/2020) morning just after midnight through 11 a.m., Missouri State Highway Patrol Troop D has responded to 118 calls for service.

Freezing rain is coming down and it is expected to continue for most of the night.

“Oh, Icy roads, ice, rain, people slipping, sliding off and going off the road,” said Bill Wilson, a driver. “It slowed everybody down and the traffic, what have you. I don’t know if anyone was hurt or not. Didn’t look like it.”

Of those calls, 15 of those calls were for stranded motorists, 35 of those calls were for crashes.

MoDOT’s Darin Hamelink says in this weather, there are two ways to properly handle getting into a wreck.

“If it’s non-injury I would pull off the road, and just exchange insurance information,” Hamelink said.

However, if it is a serious crash, Hamelink suggests staying in your car.

“Especially in slick conditions because you don’t want to be hit by another car,” Hamelink said. “We actually had a fatality a few months ago where someone did get out of their car and they were hit by another driver. So, yeah, that’s probably good advice.”

Lueckenhoff said 29 of the crashes were non-injury crashes, six were injured but no fatalities.

Thursday night, according to Hamelink, is the day that MoDOT is mostly concerned about. It will be rainy and snowy which makes roads more slick.

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