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Icy Roads and Bridges Lead to Many Accidents in Central Texas

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On December 31, KXAN reported that the MoPac ramp at Cesar Chavez had iced over, and across Central Texas, accidents were occurring due to icy conditions. Vehicles spun out of control along State Highway 29 in Williamson County while seven accidents occurred at Ronald Reagan Boulevard in Leander.

Days afterward on January 2, road conditions continued to prove to be a major issue due to the freezing temperatures. “Austin/Travis County EMS says that since the first confirmed report of icy roadways at around 3:35 p.m. and in an approximate four hour period responded to 37 traffic incidents in Travis County,” Fox 7 reports. Tragically, one man died in an accident involving three cars, and eight other people were treated for various injuries.

Though KVUE reports that trucks were sent out to disperse sand to help improve tire traction along dangerous areas, drivers were encouraged to remain extremely cautious while Central Texas endured the freeze that was estimated to end by noon on Wednesday. Even though conditions are looking up, the freeze provides a good reminder to stay cautious on the road, don’t brake suddenly, and keep a safe distance from the car in front of you.