Crash caught on camera shows danger of speed on slick roads

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Crash Caught on Camera Shows Danger of Speed on Slick Roads

JOHNSON COUNTY, Mo. (KMBC) -- Crews have spent the past couple of days working around the clock to salt and plow roadways to keep them safe, but ice and snow and speed still led to quite a few crashes.

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One man said he saw quite a few wrecks on U.S. Highway 50 in Johnson County, Missouri, that were due to people driving dangerously.

"The road was covered with ice," said Fred Summers.

He caught video of a crash involving a car and a semi-trailer and posted it to Facebook this week. He said he saw several cars slide off the highway.

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Crash caught on camera shows danger of speed on slick roads
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"It just kept going and going," he said. "There was over 40 cars that spun out."

He said the spinouts happened just before the crash he recorded that nearly took a stranded motorist's life.

Two days later, about a mile up the road, Laura Thompson said she rolled her vehicle after hitting a patch of ice.

"This is a bad place right here," she said. "And I just went off. I couldn't control it."

The wreck left her car sitting upside-down on the side of the highway, a stretch she said is hilly, curvy and dangerous.

Summers said those dangerous roads get worse when people drive too fast during ice and snow. He hopes people view his video as a warning before the next storm.

"That's why I posted it," he said. "Everybody should slow down."

The driver of the car that was hit by the semi-trailer is OK. She's a student who was on her way back to the University of Central Missouri. Her father left Summers a message thanking him for posting the video.

Wreckers will begin towing the crashed cars off the side of U.S. 50 starting Friday.

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