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Busy day for Longview law enforcement, truck drivers

By Bob Hallmark - bio | email

GREGG COUNTY, TX (KLTV) – Icy roads and packed snow made driving an adventure on Friday.

State Troopers told KLTV's Bob Hallmark that they expect a spike in slide-offs and accidents when the weather is bad, and they weren't disappointed.

Starting around 3 am on Friday, law enforcement and tow truck drivers had their hands full.

Slide-offs on I-20 and city roads were a common sight for motorists, as early-on, the snow was packed down by vehicles and became a solid sheet of ice.

Tow truck drivers couldn't move fast enough from one slide-off to the next.

One I-20 slide-off came within inches of crashing into trees.

Another on FM 1845 slid off the roadway and teetered on Creek Overpass bridge, with rescue works getting the driver out before her truck fell into the creek.

"I was going real slow, But I felt myself skid. I made sure I was off the brake and I was turning the wheel, riding with the skid, and then another skid came and I went ‘whooo', all the way around and here's where I am," says driver Nina Cantley.

"Well, days like today where we have the icy road condition, we just go from one crash to another. People sliding off the road, vehicles aren't equipped for this weather," said Trooper Brian Thurston.

Fortunately, no drivers were injured in any of Friday's slide-offs or accidents.

The woman driving the truck that teetered on the bridge, walked away unharmed.

Troopers urge motorists to go well below the posted speed limit, noting that slide-offs can occur at even low speeds on icy roads.

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