ST LOUIS, MO/January 13, 2017 (STL.News) The Missouri Highway Patrol is urging motorists to stay off of the roads if possible during the ice storm.
The icy conditions have caused dangerous driving conditions, resulting in numerous accidents throughout the state. The Patrol reminds those who do have to travel to exercise extreme caution. This includes reducing speed and driving at a safe distance from other vehicles.
Corporal Justin Wheatley has a stern message for motorists who don’t drive responsibly. “It’s ridiculous. People should not driving that may during sunny conditions, much less in weather conditions like this.”
“The ability to stop on icy roadways is almost impossible.” Wheatley adds.
The Missouri State Highway Patrol also suggests keeping your fuel tank at least half full. It’s also advised to have an ice scraper, tire chains, battery booster cables, blankets, extra coats, gloves, water, non-perishable food, flashlight, and a bag of sand or cat litter in your trunk in case you become stranded.
The Patrol also urges motorists to stay in their vehicles with their safety belts on if they are involved in a crash until help arrives. If you are walking around your vehicle, the chances of being injured or killed is much greater than if you remain inside your vehicle, according to Wheatley.
Motorists are encouraged to check the road conditions before driving to help determine if the trip can be completed safely. Consulting Missouri’s Road Condition Report (1-888-275-6636) or MoDOT’s Road Condition Map at http://traveler.modot.org/map/ can provide the most current road condition information available.
The Missouri Highway Patrol is operating in full force, with troopers working twelve hour shifts through the duration of the storm.
Meanwhile, the weather is to blame for a fatal accident in Jefferson County.
The Missouri Highway Patrol reports that a 33-year-old Crystal City woman was killed Friday morning after crashing her vehicle along northbound I-55 near Highway 61 in Festus.
Wheatley says speed played a factor in this crash. “Unfortunately she lost control of the vehicle on the icy roadways and slid off of the right side of the roadway and struck a tree.”
The victim’s name is being withheld pending notification of family.
The storm is also affecting travel at Lambert- St. Louis International Airport. Dozens of arriving and departing flights have been canceled due to the weather.
It’s advised to check with Lambert or your airline before heading to the airport. You can do so online at www.flystl.com.
By: Jill Enders
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