By MIKE CORN
A light covering of snow Friday sent vehicles spinning out of control on major roadways in northwest Kansas, killing one Natoma teenager, according to Kansas Highway Patrol reports.
Elijah James Holmes, 18, Natoma, was killed when he was thrown from a vehicle he was riding in, KHP reported. The vehicle he was in was southbound on U.S. Highway 183 when the driver, identified as Keller Anthony Krug, 17, Waldo, lost control on the ice, sliding across the highway into the path of a tractor-trailer truck. The driver also was injured and taken to Rooks County Health Center.
Neither occupant of the car was wearing a seat belt.
The other accidents, in Trego, Sherman and Thomas counties, all were on Interstate 70.
The Trego County crash was at 4:35 p.m. Friday, when a westbound vehicle hit a patch of ice and rolled, coming to rest on its top. Two San Clemente, Calif., residents were injured.
A Scott City woman reported possible injuries in a crash 6 miles west of Goodland, the result of losing control due to the weather.
The Thomas County crash, 3 miles north of Oakley, resulted in injuries to an 180year-old Salina teen. She was injured after losing control of her car as she prepared to exit the highway, striking a sign and then a tree.
All of the accidents were weather related, according to the KHP.
Snowfall in Kansas was greatest in the Goodland area.
An observer 13 miles southwest of Goodland reported 2.5 inches of snow, melted down to 0.13 of an inch of moisture. There were three reports of 2 inches of snow, two of them in the Goodland area while the third was 8 miles north of Quinter.
The National Weather Service office in Goodland reported 1.9 inches of snow. It melted down to 0.09 of an inch, making it a dry snow.
Three other northwest Kansas locations, in Oakley, Stockton and Goodland, reported 1.5 inches of snow. Colby reported 1.7 inches.
Hill City picked up 0.02 of an inch of precipitation, but the weather bureau didn't list the snowfall totals there.
At the Kansas State University Agricultural Research Center south of Hays, the snowfall was a paltry 0.4 of an inch, while the moisture was 0.04 of an inch.
In Hays, only 0.7 of an inch of snow has fallen this month, 1.7 inches for the winter season.