By Managing Editor Teri L. Hansen
Friday ushered in winter weather across the state and with that came a number of vehicle accidents. McPherson County emergency personnel responded to seven different vehicle accident incidents including one that resulted in fatalities.
The Kansas Highway Patrol Troop C consists of 18 counties in north central Kansas including McPherson. On Friday, Troop C responded to two fatal crashes, two injury crashes and 19 non-injury crashes, along with “countless” slide-offs. The organization as a whole saw five people lose their lives on the roads of Kansas that day.
Kansas Highway Patrol Trooper Ben Gardner stated that is was a “Long tough day.”
The McPherson County Public Works has followed a specific plan and criteria for snow and ice control since 2015. The procedure includes the following:
- McPherson County Public Works crews will use a brine solution to pretreat all paved county-maintained roads prior to forecasted snow or ice events.
- McPherson County Public Works will salt/sand only the intersections, hills and curves when needed and will not salt/sand the entire road system.
- McPherson County Public Works crews will plow snow during daylight hours when the snow accumulation is sufficient enough to warrant the snow removal.
- McPherson County Public Works crews will respond to call outs by McPherson County Dispatch after hours for:
- Emergencies as requested by Sheriff’s Deputies, Fire or EMS.
- Isolated bad spots as determined by Sheriff’s Deputies and/or Public Works crews.
- When snow accumulation is to a point that Pubic Works crews determine it’s necessary to be out, any snow removal operation after hours will keep the safety of the Public Works crews a priority.