Danedri Thompson
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Gardner-Edgerton and Spring Hill schools shuttered their doors as the first major snowstorm of the season blew into town Monday morning, but many braved the snow-packed roads to commute to work.
Although Interstate 35 was reportedly at a near standstill during the typical early-morning commute, those who braved the roads in Gardner had little trouble.
“I think it was quiet here compared to the rest of the metro,” Gardner Police Information Officer Ilena Spalding said.
Police responded to few motorist assists – vehicles that slid off the road. At least one call for a motorist assist was later deemed an non-injury accident at the northbound exit to Interstate 35 from 175th Street.
In Spring Hill, interim-Police Chief Richard Mann said there have been no accidents in the city.
“We’ve just had a couple of motorist assists where they got back on their way. I hope it stays that way,” Mann said.
Traffic moved steadily on U.S. Highway 69 in Spring Hill, although Mann said that was the site of a motorist assist early in the storm.
“But the Department of Transportation’s been out on the highway and they’re doing a pretty good job keeping it clean,” he said.
Johnson County Sheriff’s Officers had responded to 11 accidents in the county by 11:30 a.m. on Monday morning and had assisted in eight other incidents.
Deputy Tom Erickson, public information officer for the sheriff’s department, said the roads are snow-packed and officers are continuing to take calls.
He advised drivers to stay off the roads.
“If that’s not possible, because it is a workday, just slow down – give enough space between you and the vehicle in front of you,” he said. “Those two things are going to keep people from getting into accidents and from sliding off the road.”