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Rare October snowfall results in more than 100 crashes across Kansas City metro

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Posted at 5:17 AM, Oct 31, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-31 12:02:09-04

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Roads across northwest Missouri and northeast Kansas were partially covered with black ice Thursday morning after overnight snowfall, making for a messy morning commute.

In Kansas City, Missouri, police alone responded to 116 crashes during the morning rush hour, between 5 a.m. and 9 a.m. Of those crashes, 77 resulted in injuries.

That number does not include walk-in crash reports, Kansas City police said.

One of the crashes, which happened near East 42nd Street and Prospect Avenue, resulted in life-threatening injuries, according to police.

Kansas City police reminded drivers that if they are involved in a crash in which there are no injuries and the vehicles are driveable, they should exchange information and walk the report in to the nearest police station rather than waiting for an officer to respond.

According to the Missouri Department of Transportation's Traveler Information Map, most roads in the Kansas City metro area were partly covered by rare October winter precipitation Thursday morning.

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Farther north, it appeared roads had not been treated and were still considered mostly covered.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol told 41 Action News that troopers worked several crashes before 5 a.m. MSHP said a stretch of Interstate 70 westbound between Grain Valley and Oak Grove was particularly hazardous.

The Kansas Department of Transportation's KanDrive map showed similar conditions, indicating Kansas City, Kansas, drivers would see "seasonal" conditions, worsening farther west and north of the metro.

The Kansas Highway Patrol, however, said its troopers had not worked any crashes or heard of areas of concern. KHP said KDOT had done a good job treating the roads.

Some school districts closed or chose to delay school on Thursday morning.

Some major highways closed due to weather-related crashes, including Interstate 35 northbound past Interstate 435 near Claycomo in the Northland and U.S. 71 southbound past 75th Street to the south.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.