AUSTIN -- Police officers have responded to 250 traffic crashes since 6 p.m. Thursday when the January freeze event started in Central Texas.
Despite recommendations to stay off the road, some people still had to get to work and other places. Just before 3:45 a.m., Austin police responded to a crash on the lower deck of I-35 North near 32nd Street. Police officers had to close the lane while the truck was removed.
A few miles south, traffic picked up as the 7 p.m. hour approached, but with bridges and overpasses still icy, a black SUV ran into the guard rail on I-35 North and had to be towed away.
Of the 250 crashes, Austin police responded to 140 of them after 4 a.m. Police Chief Art Acevedo tweeted that none of the crashes were fatalities or resulted in critical injuries.
Police say drivers should remember that just because the roads are open and it's daylight outside, that doesn't mean they should drive at their normal speed. There is still ice on the road in some areas.
Officers recommend slowing down and giving yourself extra time to get to where you're going.
TxDOT also released the following winter weather driving tips:
- Drive slowly on slick roadways.
- Keep a safe distance from vehicles driving ahead.
- Watch for treatment trucks on the roadways.
- Drive with extra caution on bridges, ramps and overpasses. They tend to freeze first.
- If your vehicle starts to slide, don't hit the brakes or the gas. Steer into the direction of the skid until you have regained traction, then straighten out your vehicle.
Go here for a list of road conditions in Central Texas.
Go here for tips on keeping your property safe during freezing weather.
Go here for more information on Central Texas school delays.
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