WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) — Wichita-area roads are getting dangerous. There have been a number of crashes and slide-offs since about noon Wednesday.
The Wichita Police Department (WPD) is asking drivers to avoid Kellogg, I-135, I-235, and K-96.
“Alright, Wichita, the weather system is here!” WPD said on social media. “Due to the raised roads and bridges starting to collect ice, we have wrecks on Kellogg, 135, 235, & K96. If you MUST drive, use alternate routes and allow for extra travel time. Drive safely!”
The Emergency Accident Reporting Plan (EARP) is now in effect for Wichita.
If you are involved in a motor vehicle crash in Wichita that meets the following criteria:WPD Tweet
– No injuries
– No drug/alcohol involvement
– No hit and run
– Vehicles are moveable
You can exchange information with the other driver and fill out a report online within 24 hours.
The WPD expects the EARP to last into Friday.
The City of Bel Aire, the City of Haysville, Derby and Salina have also been placed under the EARP.
Under EARP, if you are involved in an accident, and no one is hurt, no drugs or alcohol are involved, and both vehicles can be driven away, exchange insurance and other information with the other driver.
You then have 24 hours to fill out an accident report form. They can be found at each patrol station or online by clicking here.
Wichita roadway updates
UPDATE 9:45 p.m. — According to WichWay.org, there are currently no accidents in the Wichita area, only three abandoned vehicles.
UPDATE 8:05 p.m. — According to WichWay.org, there are currently no accidents in the Wichita area, only six abandoned vehicles.
UPDATE 5:50 p.m. — There are still several crashes on the roadway, according to WichWay.org, along with abandoned vehicles.
UPDATE 3:10 p.m. — Westbound Kellogg is backed up due to an earlier crash near Washington. From WichWay.org, it appears police have opened another lane for traffic to get through, and one of the vehicles is being loaded onto a tow truck. Traffic may begin to flow more easily soon.
However, there are still other crashes around the city. Be prepared for delays.
UPDATE 3 p.m. — Most of the crash scene at I-135 and 21st North has been cleared away. I-135 has reopened.
UPDATE 2:35 p.m. — Traffic is still backed up on Kellogg around I-135, but cars are slowly, very slowly, getting through.
UPDATE: 2:30 p.m. — The area of Interstate 135 at 21st Street remains blocked due to a number of crashes on I-135. Traffic is backed up to the North Junction construction site or farther.
UPDATE 1:55 p.m. — Kellogg is almost at a standstill near Interstate 135. The Wichita Police Department is working on approximately 20 different crashes across the city.
UPDATE 1:45 p.m. — I-135 at has come to a stop at 21st Street North, in both south and northbound lanes, due to slick conditions and crashed vehicles.
UPDATE 1:35 p.m. — “Wichita, please use caution on the roads today! We’re currently working approximately 20 different crashes across the city. If you don’t need to be somewhere, don’t go – and if you do, allow plenty of time to get there and watch your speed and following distances! #kswx,” said the WPD on Twitter.