BOONE COUNTY, Mo. - Slick roads due to freezing rain caused multiple crashes in the Columbia and surrounding areas Sunday morning.
The Missouri State Highway Patrol responded to 32 crashes Sunday morning.
Waiting a few hours to travel is your best bet. There are still several slick areas in Troop F.— MSHP Troop F (@MSHPTrooperF) February 10, 2019
Troop F totals (Midnight - 9am, February 10th):
➡️ 76 calls for service
➡️ 17 stranded motorists
➡️ 32 crashes
➡️ 3 injuries
➡️ No fatalities #MoWx pic.twitter.com/p6hTYRPHTC
Boone County personnel have responded to at least eight crashes. Highway WW was closed at El Chaparral at approximately 6:45 a.m. Sunday due to icy road conditions.
BOONE CO JOINT COM: Motor Vehicle Collision Hwy WW at El Chaparral. Use caution, avoid area if possible.— Joint Communications (@BCJC911) February 10, 2019
Large vehicles like semis had a difficult time stopping on the icy roads. One truck got stuck around 6:30 a.m. on the ramp onto Highway 63 southbound.
According to a Boone County officials, a fire truck had to wait for a salt truck to treat roads on Highway WW before it could leave. Several vehicles on Highway WW and other roads slid off into the ditch.
A light rain began falling around 4:45 a.m. Sunday, and Columbia Public Works had crews out treating roads starting at 3 a.m. Sunday. Drivers should avoid travel.
Rain freezing on pavement surfaces. All surfaces could be slick. Rain diluting treatments. We will continue to treat roadways. Travel is not advisable if at all avoidable this morning. pic.twitter.com/kLOEx7pssv— Columbia Pub Works (@pub_works) February 10, 2019
Several flights into Columbia Regional Airport have been canceled. The airport has both runways closed because of the slick conditions.
ABC 17 News also had crews monitoring roads, and traffic was moving slower than usual in Columbia and on Interstate 70. According to MoDOT’s traveler map, Columbia roads are either partly covered or completely covered.
A full list of community closings for Sunday can be found here.