Icy, slick roads cause problems for drivers

POSTED: Friday, January 24, 2014 - 5:18pm
UPDATED: Sunday, January 26, 2014 - 10:37pm

The snow and ice is not something you commonly see in Central Texas every day.

Driving in these conditions is even more rare and it showed Friday morning when police were called to one accident after the other.

"There's not a lot of experience driving in these icy conditions so this type of event tends to have more of a significant impact than it would in another part of the country where they're more used to these types of conditions," said Lt. Chuck Fleeger with College Station PD.

In Bryan the police department responded to 29 separate vehicle incidents.

Down the road in College Station, law enforcement worked 28 crashes and responded to 22 other traffic related calls.

Officer Kelley McKethan said it wasn't a surprise, "We see an increase in accidents when it's just raining out so when we expect ice on the roadways we pretty much gear ourselves up for more accidents."

Both CSPD and BPD says the surge in calls put a strain on their resources since 80 percent of all the calls happened between six a.m. and noon.

"Events like this can be very manpower intensive simply because we have to utilize multiple officers so the officers working the scene can do so in safety," said Lt. Fleeger.

But even that doesn't always help; a Bryan patrol unit working an accident scene was struck by a driver who couldn't stop.

Fortunately no one was injured in that crash and of all the other accidents there were no reports of serious injury.

And while the roads are clear for now, police are still warning drivers to slow down if you plan to be out at night.

"When the sun goes down it's all going to freeze again," said Officer McKethan. "If there's any moisture on the road, it'll refreeze and potentially cause more accidents."


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