More than 100 New Year's crashes reported in and around Kansas City

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Local police agencies report well over 100 traffic crashes on the evening of New Year's Eve and the early-morning hours of New Year's Day, but none involved any serious injuries or fatalities.

It's not clear how many were caused by slick road conditions left behind by three bands of snow that moved through the region Monday, though many of the wrecks were reported as slide-offs.

The Kansas City Police Department reported 85 crashes from 6 p.m. Monday to midnight with another 35 between 12 a.m. and 4 a.m.

One of them involved a Kansas City police cruiser. It happened at about 2 a.m. at 43rd and Benton. A second vehicle collided with the police car. Investigators think the other driver may have been drinking.

By Tuesday morning, road conditions, particularly on highways and major arteries, were beginning to clear.

"Things are looking pretty good," Missouri Department of Transportation spokesman Wess Murray said, speaking of the conditions on Kansas City-area roads. "We had crews out all night working on roads."

The Missouri State Highway Patrol worked approximately 24 accidents overnight, some of them involving injuries but none of them serious, a dispatcher there said Tuesday morning.

Across the state line, in Kansas City, Kan., police estimate there were six crashes in their jurisdiction, but only one required a tow truck and none involved suspected drunk drivers.

"The roads in Kansas are snow-packed throughout the state," Kansas Department of Transportation spokeswoman Kim Qualls said early Tuesday. "In the metro, we have wet roadways."

Several other slide-offs were reported in Overland Park and Lenexa in Kansas and Independence in Missouri.

"We really encourage drivers to watch the ramps and overpasses with the cold temps that are out there," Qualls said.

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