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Some accidents weather-related
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The Barton County Sheriff’s Office and other area law enforcement agencies responded to several accidents last Thursday when the roads were icy.

There was a minor-injury rollover 0.75 miles north of NE 10 Ave. and NE 50 Road, around 2:45 p.m. Thursday. A 2002 Volkswagen Passat went off the road and into a ditch.

A non-injury accident on the west side of Pawnee Rock on U.S. 56 was reported at 3:50 p.m. It was just across the county line and the Pawnee County Sheriff’s Office responded.

At 4:15 p.m. Thursday, Kansas Highway Patrol and the Rice County Sheriff’s Office responded to an injury accident east of Ellinwood, on U.S. 56 at the Rice-Barton County line. A trailer jackknifed and there was a car upside down in the ditch. The BCSO reports at least one person was injured but had no additional information. KSN-TV reported the highway was closed for a time because of the accident.

A vehicle slid off SE 20 Road at South U.S. 281 in Barton County at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, but there was no damage or injury. Ten minutes dater, a motorist’s truck slid on ice on East Barton County Road at SE 80 Ave. and struck a power pole. The driver was not injured.

There was also minor damage to a semi-trailer that rolled on NE 130 Ave. at NE 70 Road, around 5:05 p.m., and a vehicle was reported on its side on North U.S. 281 at NW 220 Road at 8:54 p.m.