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St. Charles County firefighters furious with MoDOT's winter weather response

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(KMOV) -- St. Charles County firefighters say the Missouri Department of Transportation did a poor job of clearing ice and snow from the streets, which ultimately contributed to several accidents.

The most serious wreck in St. Charles County left a 61-year-old Defiance woman dead after her car left the ice covered road, went down a 30 foot embankment, and landed upside down in the water.

The Missouri Highway Patrol says Ladonna Weeks' car lost control on the icy roads Monday around noon at Highway F and Walnut Creek Trail in St. Charles County.

Weeks was conscious and speaking with her rescuers when they first arrived. She was later pronounced dead at St. John's mercy medical center.
   
The medical examiner's office expects to determine the cause of her death by the end of the week.

Fire districts say MoDOT should have done more to keep the roads safe.

New Melle Assistant Fire Chief john Lloyd is angry, and so is Augusta’s fire chief.

They say MoDOT turned its back on the rural roads in St. Charles County on Sunday, leaving the snow and ice on roads like Highway D, despite their constant calls for help.

New Melle firefighters say they used nearly 200 pounds of their own snow melt on Highway D to make it safer, but they couldn’t treat all the roads themselves.

MoDOT says conditions on Sunday forced it to clear the interstates and main roads before getting to the two lane rural roads.

 

However, that explanation doesn’t sit well with parts of St. Charles County where many wonder how bad it will get when the snow falls again.

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