Storm leaves at least 5 dead in crashes

Chicago Tribune (Sunday) - - NATION & WORLD -

ST. LOUIS — A mas­sive win­ter snow­storm that blan­keted most of Mis­souri and sev­eral other Mid­west states was a fac­tor in at least five road deaths Sat­ur­day and forced the grounds crew to scram­ble to clear snow from Ar­row­head Sta­dium in Kansas City ahead of the NFL play­off game.

The storm moved into Kansas and Ne­braska from the Rock­ies on Fri­day, then east into Mis­souri, Iowa, Illi­nois and In­di­ana, cov­er­ing roads and mak­ing driv­ing dan­ger­ous.

Part of In­ter­state 44 near St. Louis was blocked for sev­eral hours Sat­ur­day, and at one point the Mis­souri State High­way Pa­trol warned of traf­fic de­lays as long as eight hours.

In In­di­ana, the north­bound lanes of In­ter­state 65 were closed for hours Sat­ur­day af­ter a semi jack­knifed near Lafayette.

The storm was ex­pected to spread east into the Mid-At­lantic re­gion, with be­tween 3 and 6 inches of snow ex­pected in the Wash­ing­ton area, in­clud­ing parts of north­ern and cen­tral Mary­land, by Sun­day.

Mis­souri had got­ten the worst of the storm by Sat­ur­day, with the Na­tional Weather Ser­vice re­port­ing more than 18 inches in Columbia.

At least five were killed in crashes on slick road­ways in Kansas and Mis­souri.

They in­cluded a woman and her 14-year-old step­daugh­ter whose car slid into the path of a semi­trailer in Clin­ton, about 80 miles south­east of Kansas City, on Fri­day, the Mis­souri State High­way Pa­trol said.

An­other died when her car slid on U.S. 24 in north­ern Mis­souri and was hit by an on­com­ing SUV.

In Kansas, a 62-year-old man died af­ter his pickup skid­ded on the Kansas Turn­pike and hit a con­crete bar­rier, ac­cord­ing to the pa­trol.

An­other crash in­volv­ing two semi­trail­ers in snowy con­di­tions killed a 41-yearold driver from Mex­ico, the pa­trol said.

TIM VIZER/AP

Two men strain as they push a car out of a snow pile it was stuck in af­ter slid­ing side­ways Sat­ur­day in Belleville, Ill.

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