Snow fosters dozens of wrecks in northern counties

By Bob Hallmark - bio | email

LONGVIEW,TX (KLTV)- The snow created a maddening day in the northern counties of East Texas, leading to more than 80 cases of cars sliding off the roads. Many of these accidents happened in Camp, Titus, and Hopkins counties.

"We were having to go from one end of the county to the other end and there's not many of us out here," says Mount Pleasant DPS Trooper Elbie Garrett.

Police and DPS troopers were deluged with dozens of slide-offs, 18-wheelers jack-knifing and motorists getting stuck in drifts.

"A lot of slide offs a bunch of wrecks," says Garrett.

Even troopers were sliding off. Because so many were in need, some motorists were stranded for long periods.

"Yes I slid off and it was bad , scary, I've been waiting out here for 2 hours," said one stranded motorist.

County roads became impassable with snow whiting them out.

"Its bad, you get on these county roads especially and you can't even see the road because its leveled out with snow, cars are just sliding everywhere," said Titus County motorist Shandra Williams.

In 3 hours I-30 had 4 inches of snow and had to be closed down several times to remove vehicles.

"I've never seen it like this before, its pretty hectic , snows coming down pretty good," says mount pleasant resident Felix Mata.

"What we would really like is if people would stay off the roads maybe stay home stay warm," Garrett says.

Fortunately, out of the dozens of accidents in those counties, just one minor injury was reported.

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