Icy conditions resulted in a number of wrecks throughout Crawford County and the region on Tuesday as freezing drizzle and light snow made driving conditions hazardous.
One of those wrecks happened shortly after 11 a.m. on U.S. 69 about a mile north of Arma and resulted in injury, officials said. It also caused the closing of the major north-south highway for several hours until early afternoon Tuesday, according to the Kansas Highway Patrol.
The department said the wreck happened when a 2000 model Buick LeSabre driven by Kathryn Ann Otto, 23, of Olathe was lost control and slide into another car parked on the east shoulder of U.S. 69. The parked car had been driven by Charles Lifer, 83, of Fort Scott who was taken to Mercy Hospital.
A passenger in Lifer's car was not injured, according to the Kansas Highway Patrol.
Crawford County Sheriff Dan Peak said his crews were busy throughout much of Tuesday.
"It was an active day for us," Peak said late Tuesday afternoon."We've worked two injury accidents but the rest have not involved injury."
One of those wrecks Peak's staff helped work was the U.S. 69 wreck north of Arma the KHP also worked.
Peak said conditions started getting dangerous in the north part of the county and gradually moved south as the freezing weather front moved through.
"My advice is for people not to drive if they don't have to," Peak said. "There are crews out treating the roads but there are still slick spots out there."
Pittsburg Police Department spokesman Major Brent Narges said through most of Tuesday the department had not worked any weather related wrecks. That changed late in the day when a car went off the road near the city airport and hit an utility pole.
"There were no injuries in that one," Nargas said. He too urged drivers to use extreme caution as temperatures fall and more freezing precipitation is predicted during Tuesday evening and Wednesday morning.
National Weather Service meteorologist Mike Griffin said the type of weather resulting in crashes in Crawford County and Southeast Kansas was the worst kind.
"It was freezing drizzle with light snow but no real accumulation and it freezes on contact," Griffin said. "While there was no real accumulation it puts a glaze of ice on the roads" resulting in dangerous driving conditions.
Griffin said the National Weather Service was expecting as much as one-half-inch to an inch of snow in the Crawford County area overnight.
— Mike Elswick is a staff writer for The Morning Sun. He can be emailed at email@example.com or follow him on Twitter @ mike_elswick.