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WINTER WEATHER UPDATES: Missouri State Highway Patrol responds to over 1,000 calls for service

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9 p.m.

Since midnight on February 23, the Missouri State Highway Patrol has worked 1,065 calls for service, 396 stranded motorists and 405 crashes- 52 injured and 0 fatalities.

State Troopers are investigating a one-vehicle fatal crash on northbound US 63, south of Ashland, in Boone County.

Troop F also tweeted out the video below:

This was on US 54 in Audrain County.

4 p.m.

Jefferson City's government says recycling routes were suspended Thursday and will be picked up Friday.

"We have suspended services in Jefferson City on Thursday, February, 24th due to severe weather and unsafe road conditions. At this time, we plan to complete Thursday recycle routes, as well as service Friday trash and recycle routes on Friday," the city said in a Facebook message, quoting trash and recycling pickup provider Republic Services.

Containers should be at curbs by 5 a.m.

3:30 p.m.

A 27-year-old Moniteau County deputy from Jefferson City was hurt in a pre-dawn crash Thursday on Highway 50 near California, Missouri.

The deputy, Edgar Gutierrez, was driving his Dodge Durango patrol vehicle when a Ford F-150 driven by Davey McKay, 42, of Tipton slid across the centerline and hit Gutierrez head-on, according to a Missouri State Highway Patrol crash report. Roads around the area were slick Thursday morning from snow, sleet and freezing rain.

Moniteau County Sheriff Tony Wheatley said earlier that the deputy suffered two broken bones, including a femur, and had to be cut out of the vehicle. McKay also suffered serious injuries and was taken to a Jefferson City hospital.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol's Troop F has been called to six injury crashes on state highways since midnight. Troopers have been sent to 92 calls, including 33 stranded drivers and 31 non-injury crashes.


A crash on a slick Cole County highway injured three people Thursday morning.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol says two people suffered minor injuries, including a Jefferson City 3-year-old, and another had moderate injuries after the crash a little before 7:30 a.m. on Route M near Landry Lane. All three were taken by ambulance to Jefferson City hospitals.

The crash happened when a Dodge Ram slid while slowing down, crossing the centerline and hitting a minivan head-on.

11:25 a.m.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol is working a crash on westbound Interstate 70 in Montgomery County.

Troopers posted to Twitter around 11:20 a.m. about the single-vehicle rollover crash at the 166 mile-marker. Troopers said no one was hurt.

The highway patrol warned drivers that traffic is backing up in the area of the crash.

10:40 a.m.

A Moniteau County sheriff's deputy involved in a head-on crash Thursday morning on an icy road is expected to recover, Sheriff Tony Wheatley said.

The crash happened at about 5:30 a.m. on Highway 50, west of the county seat of California, Wheatley said. A truck traveling east lost control and hit the deputy's cruiser. The truck driver was taken by ambulance to a Jefferson City hospital and the deputy was taken to University Hospital.

Wheatley said the deputy has at least two broken bones, including his femur. Crews had to cut him out of the vehicle. The highway patrol is investigating the crash.

10:10 a.m.

Watch a 10 a.m. live update from ABC 17 News in the player below.

10 a.m.

Moderate to heavy sleet has begun falling in parts of Mid-Missouri, including Columbia.

Sleet was covering Interstate 70 through the city, which was still carrying a moderate amount of traffic. See video of the sleet in the player below or at this link.

9:15 a.m.

A Moniteau County sheriff's deputy was injured in a head-on crash Thursday, according to the Missouri Department of Public Safety.

The department posted on Twitter that the deputy was taken to a hospital after a head-on crash in California, Moniteau's county seat. It wasn't clear how badly the deputy was hurt. ABC 17 News has contacted the sheriff's office for more details.

9 a.m.

EDITOR'S NOTE: This item was corrected to say a public works vehicle was involved in a crash instead of a plow truck.

A Missouri State Highway Patrol cruiser was involved in a crash on Interstate 70 in Montgomery County on Thursday morning.

The patrol tweeted at about 8:30 a.m. that a crash involving a patrol cruiser blocked the eastbound lanes at mile marker 183 in Callaway County. The trooper was pulled over helping another driver when the car was hit and the trooper was not injured.

The Missouri Department of Transportation's traveler information map showed highways throughout the area partially covered in ice. Another wave of sleet and snow was expected to begin mid-morning.

Troopers in Mid-Missouri's Troop F had been sent to 50 calls by about 9 a.m., including 17 stranded drivers, 18 non-injury crashes and four injury crashes.

A Boone County Public Works vehicle was involved in a crash at Blue Ridge Road and Range Line Street, the Columbia Fire Department said. No one was injured.

7:55 a.m.

A city of Columbia bus was involved in a crash with an SUV on Thursday morning.

The SUV crashed into the back of the bus on Hanover Boulevard around 6:25 a.m., according to a spokesman for Columbia. The bus was reportedly stopped at the time of the crash. ABC 17 News is told both vehicles suffered heavy damage.

The spokesman said an ambulance took both drivers to a hospital. Conditions for the drivers weren't immediately available.

There were no passengers on the bus at the time of the crash.

6:55 a.m.

Boone County Joint Communications warned drivers of slick road conditions on Thursday morning.

At least two crashes were reported in Columbia around 6:40 a.m., according to joint communications. The number of vehicles involved or if there were any injuries weren't immediately available.

Crash locations:

  • 1600 block of Hanover Boulevard
  • Providence Road at Mick Deaver Memorial Driver

The Jefferson City Public Works Department tells ABC 17 News 24 plow drivers reported in for work at 4 a.m. Crews plan to treat roads around the city throughout the day.

6:30 a.m.

Lincoln University in Jefferson City will close Thursday due to the winter weather.

The school sent out an alert early on Thursday morning encouraging students to check for remote learning assignments. Lincoln University joins the Jefferson City School District and other Mid-Missouri school districts to close Thursday.

The Missouri Department of Transportation continues to report poor road conditions across the area. Drivers are warned of snow and ice-covered conditions on Highway 54 between Jefferson City and the Lake of the Ozarks.

The winter weather is also impacting other highways around the Lake of the Ozarks area, according to MoDOT's Traveler Information Map.

Original Story:

Several schools district across Mid-Missouri have called off classes for Thursday.

The Jefferson City School District is the latest to make the announcement early on Thursday morning. On Wednesday, several other school districts, including Columbia Public Schools, canceled classes for Thursday.

The Missouri Department of Transportation is reporting poor road conditions south of Jefferson City on Thursday morning.

Parts of Highway 54 between Jefferson City and the Lake of the Ozarks are covered in snow and ice, according to the MoDOT Traveler Information Map website. The department asks drivers to watch out for slick road conditions throughout Thursday.

Photos of Highway 54 near Eldon:

The ABC 17 Stormtrack Weather Team is tracking another round of sleet and snow along and south of Highway 54 later this morning. Other parts of Mid-Missouri could see snow into the afternoon hours.

Make sure to download the ABC 17 Stormtrack Weather App to your phone or other devices to get the latest forecast.

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