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12/8/05-Van Zandt County

Interstate Covered In A Blanket Of Ice

Freezing rain and sleet swept through East Texas overnight causing about 100 car accidents on the roadways. A blanket of ice covered the interstates and bridges in the northern and western counties. I-20 was causing problems for some East Texas drivers. The interstate looked more like an ice rink. Drivers were taking it slow during their morning commute.

Michael Johnson, a Texas Trooper says, "We have been having problems with eighteen wheelers jack-knifing and smaller vehicles sliding off into the median." East Texan, Shanda Hass hit a patch of ice on the highway, causing her SUV to slide sideways and then roll over. Hass says, "I was very scared. I was trying to figure out how I was going to get out, but one of the windows was busted out so I was able to climb out of that. I'm okay and that's the important thing."

One stretch of the interstate cars were at a standstill, leaving drivers stranded. Two semis on I-20 can't make it up the hill in Van Zandt County which has now turned the interstate into a parking lot. One driver decided to make the best of her time and scraped the ice off her windows with her credit card.

Melissa Santiago of Canton says, "I'm starting to get a little worried, since it's bad right now. I don't get off until 4:30 PM and I'm not sure if the weather is going to get better tonight. I'm thinking about turning around and going back home."

Trooper Johnson says, "If it stays like this and it melts and the temperature gets down low tonight, then it's going to freeze and the roads are going to be twice as bad as they are right now." If you have to get out on icy roads DPS says take it slow. "It might take you forever, but as long as you get there," says Trooper Johnson.

Karolyn Davis, reporting.


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