TPD, Shawnee and Riley County enter emergency accident reporting as ice causes slick roads

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Frost snuck back into Northeast Kansas and made dangerous road conditions Wednesday morning, causing Riley and Shawnee County law enforcement to switch emergency accident reporting.

The Topeka Police Department announced at 8:20 a.m. that due to the weather they will only respond to injury, death, impaired or hit-and-run accidents, or crashes where the vehicles are immobilized and blocking traffic. In all other accidents, TPD has asked drivers to exchange insurance and contact information, then report the accident by phone at 785-368-9200 or in person at the Law Enforcement Center.

  • The Shawnee County Sheriff’s office followed suit with similar instructions, and asked drivers to slow down on wet, snowy or icy conditions, buckle up, avoid using cruise control and use turn signals and brake lights.
  • The Riley County Police Department has also entered walk-in reporting.

Drivers in Northeast Kansas can check road conditions across the state by using the interactive weather map at Kandrive.org. According to Kandrive, U.S. Highway 24 between St. Marys and Manhattan and I-70 west of Topeka have been completely covered by snow and icy weather conditions as of 9:00 a.m.

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