Icy roads keep emergency services scrambling
Faith Huffman | News-Telegram News Editor


 Texas Department of Transportation crews (top)worked night and day sanding roads and assisting other emergency services personnel at nearly 20 accidents which occurred in the last 24 hours as a result of the icy, slick roadways. One casualty was this Titan (above) which slid off Interstate 30 just east of the Sulphur Springs Texas Department of Public Safety office, careened into a guardrail and slid down an embankment before coming to rest sideways between two bridges in a small creek separating the east and west lane of I-30. The 38-year-old Dallas driver was able to get out of the north-facing truck and waited for emergency personnel. He was taken to the hospital for treatment of minor injuries, according to DPS officials.
Staff Photos by Faith Huffman

Feb. 20, 2006 - Although only 0.01 of an inch of precipitation was recorded over the weekend in Sulphur Springs, the icy drizzle and icy rain was enough to make bridges and roads hazardous. The weather, although certainly not as bad as predicted, kept emergency services personnel busy responding to calls of accidents resulting from those slick roads.

Texas Department of Public Safety troopers responded to 13 accidents overnight Sunday and five Monday morning, one Sulphur Springs trooper said just before noon Monday. Troopers, sheriff’s deputies and police officers also assisted at most of the accidents along with firefighters, paremedics and wrecker drivers.

Several guardrails were damaged along the Interstate where motorists slid off the road into ditches and, in some cases, creeks. In Sulphur Springs the slickest spots were Radio Road at the Interstate 30 overpass, and the bridges on South Broadway Street, State Highway 19 north at the edge of town and State Highway 154 just beyond the State Highway 11 east intersection. I-30 east from the 127 mile marker to the first bridge, were especially slick as more than one vehicle went off the roadway just beyond the DPS office. Officers also worked accidents on FM 69 and U.S. Highway 67 overpasses, which were icy as well.

Texas Department of Transportation crews worked in split shifts, sanding the roads night and day as needed throughout the weekend to help lessen the danger for motorist.

Despite vehicular damages which ranged from minor to major, no severe personal injuries were reported to have occurred.

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