WEST DES MOINES, IA -- At least six collisions were reported Tuesday morning on Interstate 235 near a large shopping center in West Des Moines, according to Des Moines Police Department.
The events impacted both eastbound and westbound lanes of I-235 at the University Avenue interchange. It was first reported by DMPD at 7:40 a.m.
TRAFFIC ALERT: DMPD is on scene of two crashes on I-235 at the University Ave interchange. Both EB and WB traffic is impacted. Please remain vigilant for winter driving conditions. @iowadot is responding to treat the roadway. pic.twitter.com/7uipfRBvoG— Des Moines Police (@DMPolice) January 18, 2022
Officers initially responded to two accidents on the interstate, but shortly before 8:00 a.m., up to six crashes were recorded at the interchange.
Six crashes now. PLEASE SLOW DOWN AND GIVE EACH OTHER PLENTY OF SPACE.— Des Moines Police (@DMPolice) January 18, 2022
No details were released regarding the parties involved or whether the crashes were related, but a weather advisory issued by the department suggested high speeds and icy road conditions were a factor.
As the temp continues to rise, crashes are slowing and the melt is beginning. @NWSDesMoines is predicting wind chills as low as -10 overnight. Be alert for slick spots again tomorrow. pic.twitter.com/7TfAMnZKFv— Des Moines Police (@DMPolice) January 18, 2022
It was not immediately clear whether anyone was seriously injured.
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