Snow storm causes school bus, car accidents around Columbia

Monday, January 10, 2011 | 5:20 p.m. CST; updated 10:43 a.m. CST, Tuesday, January 11, 2011

COLUMBIA — The Boone County Fire Department and Columbia Police Department responded to about 80 accidents Monday.

The real-time 911 fire and rescue dispatch on the city's website listed 24 injury accidents as of 5 p.m.

Jill Wieneke, Columbia Police Department spokeswoman, said the first accident in the city occurred at 7:56 a.m. and police have responded to about 50 accidents since.

Gale Blomenkamp, Boone County Fire Department spokesman, said the department has responded to 30 accidents countywide Monday.

Roads are slick throughout the county, but the most dangerous spots can be found on hills and side streets such as I-70 Drive Northwest, Blomenkamp said. At one point during the day, Scott Boulevard was closed to allow road crews to deal with ice.

Once residents arrive home Monday evening, Blomenkamp said, it would be best for everyone to stay inside and let road crews clear the streets as quickly as possible.

"It's hard for those road crews to work when there are so many cars on the streets," Blomenkamp said.

At approximately 3:30 p.m. a school bus transporting children slid off the road on Highway WW and turned sideways, Michele Baumstark, Columbia Public Schools spokeswoman, said in an e-mail.

The bus had 10 students from Cedar Ridge Elementary School on board, and early reports indicated one student had minor injuries, Baumstark said.

At 5:34 p.m., Baumstark said all 10 students were home safely.

Check back for more information on accidents and the school bus.

Alex Browning contributed to this report.

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