Multiple vehicles crash into ditch near Northland high school - KCTV5

As snow blanketed Kansas City area Wednesday morning, crashes piled up

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Multiple vehicles crashed into a ditch near a Northland high school Wednesday morning as snow fell across the area, creating a slippery ride into work or school for some.

Police were called about 7:30 a.m. to North Woodland Avenue and Northeast Shoal Creek Parkway near Staley High School on a reported injury accident.

Kansas City police said eight to 10 vehicles slid off the road and landed in a ditch. No serious injuries were reported.

"Ice developed on roads in the most northern part of North Kansas City School District, those feeding Staley High, after we checked them early this morning. They all were Kansas City, MO, roads," said North Kansas City Schools Communications Director Mary Jo Burton.

Students found themselves struggling with Mother Nature's icy leftovers as they drove to Staley High.

"I was going down this hill and I had to go in the curb because I was sliding and I didn't want to hit this car," Luke Sinnett said.

District officials said the roads did not appear to be treated, so the superintendent dispatched their district-owned salt and sand truck to spot treat the problem streets surrounding Staley High School and Bell Prairie Elementary.

"The roads were impassable before our truck arrived. Treating the roads made it possible for students, teachers and parents to safely get to the school," Burton said.

No school districts serving Kansas City canceled school Wednesday.

"The ice (in) intermittent areas was truly a surprise," she said. "We will be working with our Kansas City council members and the city to better understand why the salt trucks didn't make it to North Woodland or Maplewoods Parkway."

But perhaps more importantly, the district hopes to develop a plan with them to prioritize the heavily traveled roads in the future.

More than 1,500 students and teachers need to reach Staley High School each day.

The school district's salt trucks are normally used on driveways and offices to cover slick roads. They ended up using six full trucks to treat roads around Staley High School and Bell Prairie Elementary - a job that belongs to the city of Kansas City's Public Works Department.

The department said not all roads are treated, just main roads and side roads that follow. A spokesman for public works said Wednesday's problem boiled down to a matter of timing. The roads to Staley High School are considered high priority, but the trucks did not get to them before students began arriving. They began treating roads at 6 a.m.

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