Accidents and stalled vehicles create traffic hazards


December 21st, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Snow drifts, stalled vehicles and jackknifed semis have caused a few roads in the KJAN listening area to be partially or completely blocked. The Iowa Department of Transportation’s website reports Interstate 80 eastbound about five-miles east of Walnut, was partially blocked by an accident involving a semi. The left lane in that area was closed while crews worked to clear-up the scene.

And,the right lane of I-80 westbound near Walnut (between County Rd. M-47 and Exit 51)  was reported to be blocked earlier this morning, due to a jackknifed semi. In addition, the DOT says Highway 44 in Guthrie County, between Iowa Hwy 4 and US 169, remains closed due to snow drifts and stalled vehicles on the roadway. The Guthrie County Sheriff’s Office reported the road was closed Thursday morning. It will remain closed until the road is cleared of snow and vehicles.

A reminder also, that Tow Bans are currently in effect for Cass, Guthrie and Pottawattamie Counties, until conditions on the roadways improve. Vehicles which slide off the road in those counties will not be towed until the restrictions are lifted.