Icy roads lead to some problems for drivers Wednesday

Icy roads lead to some problems for drivers Wednesday

SMITH COUNTY (KYTX) - Drivers all across East Texas ran into some issues on their commute to work Wednesday morning.

From slower traffic, to trees downed by ice, and even some slick spots.

While some drivers had a smooth commute to work, others found trouble.

One car rolled over at Loop 49 and Highway 64 after hitting a patch of ice.

"They can be pretty dangerous, it doesn't take much to lose control," says Billy Chambers with Hi-Way Towing.

Chambers says they were kept busy all night.

"It was about what we expected, considering the slick spots in the road. We figured there might be a few more, but it kept us pretty much covered up," says Chambers.

His lot has several cars that flipped over, others veered off the road.

Wednesday morning as more drivers hit the streets, more road blocks, like a tree that diverted traffic on Jeff Davis Road, and even more accidents.

One on Jim Hogg Road, and another car rolled over at Interstate 20 and Highway 69.

"We saw ice on all of our elevated structures, it all kind of happened at once, as cold as it got, as quickly as it got cold," says Larry Krantz with TXDot.

Krantz says workers were out all night trying to ensure roads were clear, the areas with the most icy build up were I-20, Loop 49 and the highways.

"We also need to get above freezing, and the decks of those over passes and bridges they physically, temperature wise, need to be above freezing to get some of that slush off ," says Krantz.

Krantz says it's better to be prepared for slick streets, than to fall victim to what could happen otherwise.

While TXDot workers were out Tuesday night, Krantz says a drunk driver hit a work convoy and took out one of the trucks, causing some delays in their work.

No serious injuries were reported.





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