Deadly ice storm creates treacherous conditions for Midwest

Jan. 14, 2017: the Movement moves along an icing warning in the night on the I-70 west to Lawrence, Kansas.


At least three deaths have been blamed on a paralyzing ice storm that has ravaged the Midwest over the weekend and threatened to stay in near or below freezing by Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

The State Highway Patrol in Missouri, said that two people were killed in separate accidents while another person was killed in a semi truck accident in Oklahoma.

Ice buildups from one quarter to slightly less than a half-inch were expected to continue into Sunday morning from southeast Kansas to central Missouri.

Becky Allmeroth, a state maintenance engineer for the Missouri Department of Transportation, said ice is “the most difficult storm to fight.”

“We keep up with the changing conditions, but it is a continual battle,” she said of the department around-the-clock scramble to the treatment of the glass roads. “The precipitation comes in waves, and we have to apply more salt.”

Icy roads Saturday created dangerous conditions and travel headaches for many people who avoided authorities to stay inside, except for the necessary trips.

A smooth roadway was suspected in Missouri wreck Friday death of a 33-year-old woman whose sport utility vehicle slid on an icy highway overpass south of St. Louis and struck several trees. A separate accident caused by icy roads, and killed the other person, authorities said.

Later Friday, icy conditions were blamed for a pileup involving more than 20 vehicles in Wichita, Kansas, but no serious injuries were reported.

Interstate 40 in western Oklahoma was closed in two places because of wrecks, including the jackknifing of different trailers in icy conditions in Caddo County. And along an icy part of I-40 in Custer County, a 45-year-old Oklahoma City man died after his semi-trailer struck two others early Saturday and then was hit by a car. The patrol was investigating the wreck.

The storm arose prompted the NFL to move the AFC divisional playoff game between the Pittsburgh Steelers and the host team of the Kansas city Chiefs until Sunday evening to have more time for the treatment of roads and parking lots at Arrowhead Stadium.

The game was scheduled to kick off at noon local time, but now it will start at 7:20 pm

Many residents had prepared for the storms by stocking up on bread, milk and other necessities, and buying flashlights and generators to have on hand in case the power gets knocked out.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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