A Kansas Highway Patrol cruiser was struck while working a crash Friday morning on I-235 and Kellogg in Wichita. 

“A vehicle popped over the hill and got on the breaks too hard and spun out of control and side swiped one of our patrol units,” Trooper Chad Crittenden, Kansas Highway Patrol, said. 

Thankfully no one was injured. It’s an incident that Trooper Chad says happens all too often. He says it doesn’t matter what’s the posted speed limit. In these weather conditions it’s best to slow down. 

“If you have to drive 20 or 30 to keep traction to be able to stop or slow down in an emergency situation, that’s just the speeds we got to take,” Trooper Chad said. 

During the morning commute, troopers responded to 14 crashes due to icy roads. 

Freezing rain and sleet started to fall around Wichita at 5 a.m. Crews prepared city streets on Thursday with brine. At midnight, 60 trucks started with salt and sand on primary roads. 

Across the state, several districts called off or delayed classes.   In northeast Kansas, schools closed included Shawnee Mission, Olathe, Topeka and Lawrence. 

A winter weather advisory was issued for parts of the state. 

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