WICHITA, Kan. (AP) Top officials in Wichita have apologized for failing to prevent streets from icing up just before a morning rush-hour that saw dozens of accidents.
The Wichita Eagle Mayor Carl Brewer and city manager Robert Layton issued the apologies Thursday and pledged to do a better job the next time freezing precipitation is in the forecast.
With the forecast late Wednesday calling for a light dusting of snow, city crews were prepared overnight to treat and clear intersections, hills and curves. But the snow was preceded by rain, and the temperature stayed above freezing.
Layton says crews were caught by surprise when the temperature suddenly plummeted after 6 a.m., creating a glaze of ice on the roads.