1st major snow causes no major problems

The first major snow of the season roared in on Christmas Eve but did relatively little damage in Callaway County.

From 5 p.m. Friday until 12 Monday morning, only three accidents were reported to the Fulton Police Department.

“I think it’s two-fold,” said Major Roger Rice of the Fulton Police Department. “I think people were being a lot more careful because of the ice we just had a week or so ago.”

“I also have to give a lot of credit to the Fulton Street Department, who did a super job of getting out and making sure roads were cleared and there was no ice,” Rice added.

Rice also credited the Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) for their work on the highways in Callaway County.

“MoDOT was out on Christmas Eve getting everything cleared. They got the roads in good shape,” Rice said. “There is no doubt in my mind that played a big role in the fewer accidents.”

Even though the snow fell on Christmas Eve, a day when many are off work, people were still out traveling, according to Rice.

“There is a lot of moving in cars the day before and day after Christmas,” he said. “There were a lot of cars out on the roads on Friday.”

Rice said he hopes the rest of winter is as safe as last weekend.

“Safety is always a big issue in winter, and we hope people are careful,” he said. “Usually, we have the first snow or ice, and we have the most accidents. Past that, the accidents taper off some.”

The Highway Patrol had more accidents statewide, but there were no reported fatalities on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day on the Highway Patrol’s crash reports website.

There were also no reported accidents in Callaway County through the weekend.

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