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Snowfall brings Kansas City motorists to a halt

Posted at 1:26 PM, Feb 15, 2019
and last updated 2019-02-15 20:27:20-05

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The predicted snowfall Friday morning and early afternoon materialized and paralyzed Kansas City’s drivers.

As of 1 p.m., several major interstates across the city had been closed.

In Missouri, a 15-car crash involving tractor trailers near Interstate 70 in Oak Grove claimed the life of at least one person and closed the westbound lanes of the interstate.

There was also a wreck involving 20 cars on WB I-70 near Concordia, Missouri.

By 5 p.m., the Missouri Highway Patrol said they had responded to 300 calls for service, which included 147 slide-offs, 65 crashes. Eight people were injured in the crashes, with one person killed.

The snowfall prompted the City of Kansas City, Missouri's Office Emergency Management to issue a snow emergency.

On the Kansas side, several cities encouraged motorists involved in non-injury wrecks to walk in their reports when the weather improved.

The Kansas Department of Transportation said three of their snow plows were struck by motorists trying to pass the plows on uncleared roads. A spokesperson said there were no injuries but encouraged motorists to exercise patience.

In Overland Park, several crashes were caught on street cameras, prompting officials to warn drivers to slow down.

The metro remains in a Winter Weather Advisory until 9 p.m.