After low temperatures, snow, and frost left roads slick and overpasses hazardous, many Texans found themselves involved in winter weather car crashes. At the same time, a series of power outages over the weekend left some intersections without working traffic lights and thousands of homes without power.
A Look at the Incidents
Snowfall began early Sunday morning and the accidents weren’t far behind.
News outlets and police departments across the state began putting out weather advisories and warnings about slick roads and potentially dangerous driving conditions. By 3:50 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 10th, those potential dangers were realized as Fayette County authorities reported responding to “numerous accidents” across the county.
These initial wrecks were located along State Highway 71, Interstate 10, and State Highway 290. At least one accident was characterized as “major” and led to the entirety of State Highway 77 being closed off.
Early Monday morning, low temperatures led to overpasses on US 183 being frozen and, subsequently, closed to traffic from Spicewood Springs to Farm to Market Road 620 for a short amount of time. Once the road was reopened, ArkLaTex reported several other crashes on the highway.
By 6:30 a.m. on Monday, Pflugerville police reported a wreck had occurred in the northbound lanes of State Highway 130 at Cameron Road. This crash was also called “major” by authorities.
By 7 a.m., Travis County authorities reported that they too had responded to a crash. Due to the icy conditions, a collision occurred in the northbound lanes of State Highway 130 south of State Highway 71 near Onion Creek.
In Austin, several multi-car collisions were reported at 8:15 a.m.
Five vehicles were involved in a crash at MoPac and Cesar Chavez, and two other crashes occurred on North State Highway 45 involving at least 13 vehicles from the westbound ramp to FM 620.
Another Austin crash was reported at 8:22 a.m., caused by icy roads involving two vehicles and a pedestrian. The initial vehicle rolled due to the ice and struck another vehicle which then hit a pedestrian. Three individuals involved in the incident were hospitalized.
This list of incidents isn’t meant to include every crash that happened in Texas on Sunday and Monday, but rather should give readers an idea of how dangerous winter weather conditions can be.
Driving in Winter Weather in Texas
Driving on icy and snow-covered roads can be challenging for even the most experienced drivers. For Texans who may not be as familiar with snowy conditions, it can help to read a little bit about how to adjust your driving habits for winter weather. Below, the Houston car attorneys of Lapeze & Johns, PLLC, offer a few top tips for driving during inclement winter weather,
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