Slick roads blamed for accidents, delays in city and county
ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) – The snow and ice put the brakes on a hit-and-run in South St. Louis early Friday morning.
Police say a passenger car hit a city snow plow at Kingshighway Boulevard and Lansdowne Avenue around 1:45 a.m. The plow operator is okay. But, the other car just took off.
Witnesses said the car then lost control on the slick streets at Chippewa Street and Macklind Avenue. It hit a light pole. A couple of men inside got out and ran away on foot.
It is a pretty extreme case, but an example of what can happen when drivers rush on these winter roads.
In fact, the St. Louis City Emergency Management Agency urged residents to check on their neighbors and make sure no one is using alternative heating sources like space heaters and stoves. If a second winter storm system hits the area, it could take longer for large fire trucks and ambulances to arrive if a fire starts.
As for those using public transportation, Metro Transit officials said Metrolink trains are running on-time. But, five bus lines started running on a snow route Friday morning.
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Officials urged customers to leave early for their destination and to keep checking www.metrostlouis.org for updates.
The weather is being blamed for several accidents highway accidents in south St. Louis County.
There was an accident at I-270 and Gravois and another at I-270 and Tesson Ferry Road. In both cases, one car spun out and hit the median, then a second car struck the first one.
Both of these wrecks happened around midnight. Meanwhile, salt trucks and plows are keeping busy early this morning, especially since there’s more snow on the way.