Miller County snow brings traffic delays, slide-offs, and accidents

    The snow in Miller County caused major traffic Friday afternoon delays heading westbound on U.S. Highway 54 heading towards Highway 17. Various law enforcement agencies had to assist in helping get stranded vehicles back on the roads. (Lexie Petrovic/KRCG13).<p>{/p}<p>{/p}

    Missouri State Highway Patrol Troop F reported as of 5 p.m. Friday afternoon, there were 272 calls for service, 110 stranded motorists,81 crashes, 18 injuries and no fatalities.

    U.S. Highway 54 heading Westbound was among the worst areas, where the highway was closed off for hours today. Sargent Scott White said there were roughly 50 vehicles stranded in the area heading towards Highway 17 beginning at 2:30 Friday afternoon.

    Local resident Morgan Koetting said she wanted to avoid the highway after her work shift today.

    "I seen a huge pileup, I work locally at the salon here in Eugene," she said. "Just from outside the window I could see traffic backed up on the highway."

    Koetting said she changed her route after seeing the traffic chaos.

    "I took back roads home," she said. "They weren't too bad- they were covered in snow but there was gravel so I made it home okay but I bypassed the highway."

    Will Grother said he is someone who enjoys the snow.

    "Well we got some good news - I was in the middle of my day at work, I'm a school teacher, and we got out a little early today," he said.

    Grother said he always takes his time driving in the snow, but said he saw people who were in a hurry despite the road conditions.

    "They were treacherous," he said. "I mean if you were going slow and taking your time I think they were great, but if you were rushed I saw several slideoffs and people just not being careful."

    Koetting said she talked to family members who said the snow impacted their work days and Friday plans.

    "My Aunt Gena was stuck on the highway I heard coming home from work," she said. "I don't remember how long she said she was sitting in traffic but I know a long time."

    She said her Friday night plans had to be adjusted as well.

    "I was going to go to our local bar, to SINGO they have on Friday nights and I think they canceled it," she said.

    Grother said he plans to make the most of the snow.

    "Actually it was kind of fun, I just bought a tractor a couple of weeks ago and I got to go out and play in the snow a little bit today," he said.

    Highway Patrol said they advise people to drive significantly slower and to keep an ample distance between their car and vehicles in front of them.

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