MSHP, ISP report 700 accidents in St. Louis region Friday, Satur -

MSHP, ISP report 700 accidents in St. Louis region Friday, Saturday

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ST. LOUIS, Mo. ( -

There have been hundreds of accidents in both Missouri and Illinois since a system with freezing rain moved into the St. Louis area Friday.

Since noon on Friday, the Missouri Highway Patrol says there have been 1,117 calls for service, including calls for accidents, people sliding off the road and drivers running out of gas.

In that time, Missouri troopers have been called to 400 accidents. In those wrecks, 21 people were injured and one person was killed. That accident happened on Highway 61 in Jefferson County, when a tractor-trailer slid into an embankment. The one-vehicle accident ejected the driver, Nicholas Taylor, from the vehicle. 

Taylor, 35, was pronounced dead at the scene. 

The numbers tell a similar story in Illinois. Between 4:00 p.m. Friday and 3:00 a.m. Saturday, there were 475 calls for service and 298 accidents with injuries. There have been no fatal accidents in Illinois, the Illinois State Police (ISP) said.

Several troopers not on duty were called into work because 20 troopers responded to 20 different wrecks while 56 other crashes were still waiting on officers.

Fourteen cars ended up in ditches along Frank Scott Parkway in the Metro East.

If your car is stranded in Illinois, ISP is giving you 1-2 days to move it. Ordinarily, a motorist gas two hours to move his or her abandoned car.

The accident reports are those taken by the State Police agencies. Local reports were not yet known.

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