Massive Winter Snowstorm Gia Blankets Half the US: 5 Dead, Hundreds Stranded Overnight on Missouri Interstates


January 12, 2019

Residents are urged to stay off the roads from the Midwest to the Atlantic Coast, and to carry a survival kit in their vehicle at all times. 



  • Hundreds of people became stranded on Missouri roadways Friday night.
  • Nearly 500 crashes, including 300 vehicles that slid off roadways, were reported Missouri.
  • Five people were killed in weather-related crashes.
  • A plane slid off a runway Friday afternoon at the airport in Columbia, Missouri.

    Winter Storm Gia continued its siege on the Midwest Saturday after leaving hundreds of motorists stranded on Missouri roads, causing scores of crashes, knocking out power to tens of thousands and killing at least five.

    More than 800 motorists became stranded during rush hour Friday evening as falling snow made Missouri's Interstate 44 virtually impassable.

    The Weather Channel's Jim Cantore, reporting Saturday morning from the interstate west of St. Louis, noted that many people remained stuck in conditions he called "horrible."


    DOT Cam shows traffic on Interstate 64 outside of St Louis at a complete standstill.


    Some interstates in Missouri, including I-70 and I-44, reopened Saturday morning after being shutdown Friday night, but treacherous conditions continued.

    At least three fatalities in Missouri are a result of weather-related crashes, local state police tweeted Friday night. The storm that has dumped up to 17 inches of snow in some areas of Missouri has also resulted in more than 2,000 calls for help and more than 175 crashes that left at least 40 people injured. Some 300 vehicles slid off the road by late Saturday morning, the Missouri State Highway Patrol.

    State police in Kansas also reported fatality crash related to the storm, KVOE reported. Bradley Horton, 62, of Topeka was killed after losing control of his pickup truck and striking the center barrier on the Kansas Turnpike. Horton reportedly was not wearing a seatbelt at the time of the crash.

    A second Kansas crash Friday evening involving two semi-trailers killed a 41-year-old driver from Mexico, the AP reports.

    Saturday afternoon, more than 95,000 Missouri customers were without power, according to


    (MORE: Where Is Winter Storm Gia Headed Next?)



     In a Saturday morning tweet, Missouri Gov. Mike Parson expressed concern and to stay off the roads until conditions improved. 

    Friday afternoon, a plane slid off the runway after landing at Columbia Regional Airport in Columbia, Missouri, Rob Quinn tweeted shortly before 3:30 p.m. EST.

    "Plane tipped - wing almost hitting the ground. ... I’m on exit row. Bus coming to get us. Stewardess just announced 'congratulations on surviving your first plane crash,'" he said in a tweet.



    KOMU-TV reported the plane was American Airlines Flight 5766 from Dallas. The station said passenger Theresa Cook said there were no injuries. A bus sent to take passengers from the plane got stuck, and passengers had to be driven to the terminal three at a time.


    American Airlines Flight 5766 from Dallas-Fort Worth slid off the runway after it landed in Columbia, Missouri, during Winter Storm Gia on Friday, Jan. 11, 2019. (Image via Twitter)



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