Black ice, cold temperatures cause wrecks in Kansas City area

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Black ice and frigid temperatures are proving to be a bad combination in the Kansas City area.

The Kansas City Star reports that more 170 morning rush hour accidents were reported Thursday in the metro area. Kansas City, Missouri, police alone responded to 116 accident calls from 5 a.m. to 9 a.m., including 77 involving injuries.

The region's first blast of winter arrived unusually early, on Halloween, long before the official start of winter. The metro area received 1-2 inches of snow, but some other nearby areas got up the 5 inches of snow.

Temperatures fell to 22 degrees in Kansas City, and roads were icy slick.

The Kansas Highway Patrol responded to 38 morning crashes. Several accidents also were reported in Lenexa, Overland Park and other Kansas suburbs.
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Information from: The Kansas City Star, http://www.kcstar.com

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