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