Surfaces freeze Friday during another winter storm

Monday, January 20, 2020
Few people were out and about in downtown Marshall Friday, Jan. 17, unless they had urgent business to conduct or were treating commercial sidewalks.
Danielle Linton-Hatfield/Democrat-News

Residents and businesses were out treating driveways and sidewalks early Friday, Jan. 17, as another storm swept through the region. Freezing rain and sleet made surfaces treacherous, including roadways throughout the county.

Marshall Municipal Services Director Bill Anderson said it was tough for crews to keep up with plowing, particularly in the morning and early afternoon.

“Ice on the streets was extremely slick,” he said. “We were losing ground because it was icing over (what we had treated) … it takes all the trucks we have.”

Some rain and sleet later in the day helped the roads slush, making it easier to clear driving lanes.

“It makes it a lot more passable,” Anderson continued. “We just continued to plow and salt. One mile at a time is all we can do.”

Roads outside of city limits were also treacherous throughout the day. There were two crashes in Saline County that resulted in injuries reported by the Missouri State Highway Patrol.

The first crash occurred at approximately 11:20 a.m. on southbound U.S. Highway 65 — south of Marshall and one mile north of Route H.

The incident took place when a 2014 Ford Escape — driven by Elizabeth Glisson, 18, of Marshall — lost control on the ice-covered road and slid off the left side of the roadway. According to the report, the vehicle traveled into the median and overturned, coming to rest on its top. Glisson was wearing a safety device, according to the report. She was transported to a hospital by ambulance for treatment of moderate injuries.

A second injury accident occurred just a few minutes later on state Highway 240, east of 295th Road.

An MSHP report indicates a 2012 Hyundai Sonata — driven by T.J. Livermore, 29, of Salisbury — was traveled west when it began to slide. Livermore lost control of the vehicle, crossed the center of the road, and traveled off the left side before striking a ditch and coming to rest in a grass gore.

The driver was not wearing a safety device, according to the report. He was transported to a hospital by ambulance for treatment of minor injuries.

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