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East Texas snow catches drivers off guard

By Philippe Djegal - email
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PALESTINE, TX (KLTV) - The snow is catching some East Texas drivers off guard. From Tyler to Palestine, drivers were sliding all over the road Tuesday, and often, off the road.

Drivers caught on fast that one lane was safer than the other. The left lane, heading south on 155 was virtually untouched. Most drivers stayed to the right. But, still some ended up in the ditch.

"I mean, he has kids in his car and he was broke down," said Mike Spenla. "Looked like he was stuck. So, I tried to come around."

Spenla grabbed some rope from the back of his truck, hooking it onto the front of the sedan.

"If you see somebody in danger, help them out," said Spenla.

But, after a few tugs, Spenla found himself stuck. Luckily, this all took place in front of Tracey Polley's house, who was ready and willing to pull them both out.

"I got a winch truck," said Polley. "I can drag them on my winch. The road's just slick. They lost control. That's all. Just slipped off the road."

Once Polley helped Spenla back onto the road, the two turned their attention back to the man they were initially trying to help.

"It was wonderful that we could help him out," said Spenla.

But just two miles down the road more East Texans were in trouble.

"I tried to reverse and then it just started to turn and slide, and so, I then tried to drive forward and that just turned me into the ditch," said Kenda Schattel.

She was driving her kids home from daycare and had almost made it when they got stuck just blocks from her house.

"Then of course, if you're in a area that doesn't have much traffic, it's like my county road, it piles up a lot worse," said Schattel.

Neighbors eventually helped her out. And, when asked if Spenla regretted helping out he said no way.

"We all are Christians, and we try to help each other out," he explained. "We're all East Texans. We all love each other."

Remember, if your car goes into a skid, take your foot off the gas pedal. But, don't hit the brake. Steer slowly into the direction you want the front of the car to go. Then, you can regain traction and control as the car straightens out.

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