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Police respond to 15 weather-related accidents

By Bethany Knipp

The Riley County Police Department responded to 15 vehicle accidents Thursday morning as weather conditions made for slippery roads.

Officer Matthew Droge of the RCPD said only two of the 15 accidents resulted in medical transport for non-life threatening injuries.

Droge said the accidents occurred all over the Manhattan and surrounding area.  He said RCPD officers responded to Kansas Highway 18 for some accidents, which delayed traffic a short time.

Separate reports indicated that the road became so congested with vehicles than had spun out of control that some cars were towed onto the property of Manhattan Regional Airport.

A dispatcher with the Kansas Highway Patrol said the agency received two accident reports on K-18 and one on Interstate 70 – three miles west of the border between Riley and Geary counties.

KHP Trooper Ben Gardner said the inclement weather obviously contributed to the accidents in the area.

“Just all of the [weather] coming onto the roadway in a quick manner, people weren’t in the right mindset,” Gardner said.

Authorities remind drivers to slow down and increase following distance.

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