Ice-related crashes reported on I-55, Scott & Cape Girardeau Counties

Scott City firefighters report I-55 is ice covered and they are responding to crashes in both directions on the interstate.
Published: Jan. 30, 2023 at 4:45 AM CST|Updated: Jan. 30, 2023 at 9:40 AM CST
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SCOTT CITY, Mo. (KFVS) - Freezing rain and drizzle created slick and potentially dangerous driving conditions in parts of the Heartland on Monday morning, January 30.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol Troop E, they responded to 180 calls for service from midnight to 7 p.m. Monday.

That included 28 stranded motorists and 43 crashes, five of those with injuries. They said they responded to zero fatal crashes.

Scott City firefighters said Interstate 55 was ice covered and crews worked crashes in both directions.

Crews are urging drivers to stay home if they can or to use extreme caution in their travels today through tomorrow.

Missouri State Highway Patrol echoes the message of Scott City firefighters.

MSHP reported I-55 was glazed in Scott and Cape Girardeau Counties.

They urge drivers to slow down.

Cape Girardeau County Sheriff’s deputies were also busy responding to ice-related crashes.

The sheriff’s office said most of the crashes are on Route K, I-55 and Highway EE.

They advise staying home, but if necessary, drivers should travel slower than you think you need to.

On Highway 201 near Gordonville, just east of the Rte. K and Highway 25 intersections, a crash slowed traffic near exit 102 on I-55.

The sheriff’s office said a head-on crash between two vehicles caused the roadway to be blocked at one point.

Minor injuries were reported.

On Rte. K there were two slid-offs around the same time.

Cape Girardeau Police said officers responded to a couple of slide-offs.

This is just the first round of icy conditions expected.

More slick and potentially dangerous driving conditions return later Monday afternoon through Tuesday morning.

You can check travel conditions below: