St. Charles County first responders warn the ice isn’t gone

ST. CHARLES COUNTY, Mo. — Slick patches could still be seen in the headlights of vehicles traveling westbound on Interstate 64 in St. Charles County Monday night. First responders faced numerous crashes Monday morning and are urging drivers to slow down. They fear refreezing overnight.

“If you weren’t paying attention, you probably lost your car,” commuter Travis Brooks said. He was referring to the numerous accidents he experienced during his Monday morning drive from Lincoln to St. Louis County.

“It looked like people were just driving too fast and hitting black ice left and right.”

Central County Assistant Fire and Rescue Chief Jason Meinershagen said his department has responded to dozens of accidents. He urges drivers to slow down and leave extra space between their vehicle and other travelers.

“Be patient with others around you,” Meinershagen said.

St. Charles County Ambulance District spokesman Kyle Gaines echoed the recommendations. His district responded to about 50 accidents and a dozen slips and falls.

“They call it ‘Black Ice’ for a reason,” Gaines said. “It’s not visible.”

A St. Charles County spokesman said all roads in the unincorporated areas had been treated and major roads were clear. Side roads and some side roads may still be partially covered with snow and ice. Drivers are urged to allow the chemicals time to take effect, slow down and exercise caution. St. Charles County first responders warn the ice isn’t gone

Sarah Y. Kim

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