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Numerous accidents on rainy Smith County roads

By Bob Hallmark - bio | email

East Texas (KLTV) - Just when we thought east Texas would roast in the intense heat of the summer, the skies open up dropping a cooling rain on us. But it's also creating another problem; accidents on wet roads.

All over Smith County, reports of slide-offs, rear end collisions, and even a rollover. Even a light rain was making roadways slick and drivers nervous.

"Basically I want to make sure I stay out of the way of these trucks with the wind the way it is when its raining too" said Mississippi motorist Shawanda Gholer.

Wet roads mean longer braking distances, but even at 70 there were drivers zooming past one another.  Speed is a major factor in accidents on wet roadways. Law enforcement says it's a familiar problem that pops up anytime we've had a long dry period and get sudden rains. Drivers don't adjust.

"There's a lot of people just swerving in and out of traffic whether its rain out or dry out," said Wichita Falls motorist Zachary Pryor.

There were no reports of injuries. State troopers say on wet roads you should slow down at least 10 miles per hour below the speed limit.

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