Winter weather causes problems on Boone County roads
COLUMBIA - The presence of sticky, slushy snow on the streets of Boone County early Wednesday morning caused problems for drivers and law enforcement.
Between 8:15 and 9:15 a.m. emergency crews responded to 11 different accidents in the Columbia area.
A mix of slushy precipitation caused roads to be slick. Emergency crews mostly responded to accidents on highways. At least two accidents were reported on Highway 63, and another four accidents happened on I-70.
As of 9 a.m., Troop F of the Missouri State Highway Patrol reported a total of 13 accidents in mid-Missouri and no fatalities.
Columbia police said law enforcement responded to 17 accidents since 7 a.m. As of 12 p.m., responders were working another 19 active accidents.
Gary Smith, employee of Columbia Solid Waste, experienced danger on the road first-hand when his truck was hit on Paris Road. He said, "a Chevy was heading north but lost control and cut us off, we didn't have time to slow down. Now our work day is going to be a long one, more delayed than ever."
Columbia police said most accidents they saw were caused by drivers losing control on wet roads. Officers are urging people to drive cautiously because the roads can be slick even if they appear to be safe.