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12/8/05-Longview

Cold Weather Sparks Longview Accidents

Icy conditions made driving tricky on Gregg county roadways, and contributed to numerous accidents. Police and wrecker drivers were kept busy this morning as icy roads and bridges had traffic being diverted, overpasses closed down, and numerous accidents born from the cold weather.

"This morning was quite chaotic there on the interstate, the second one accident happened people would slow down and there wound up being three accidents at one scene," said Longview wrecker driver Jack McKinley.

Wreckers and emergency crews were hurried to a dozen different accidents in Longview on Loop 281, and along I-20. After setting record high temperatures just last week, many motorists were unprepared for the sudden arctic blast.

"I thought it would help for the Christmas mood but its so cold you don't want to shop," said motorist Debra Stacy.

On Eastman road at north Access road, a driver lost control, rolled his truck over, and was ejected. He was transported to an area hospital for minor injuries. Many say that, as east Texans, we just forget how to drive in winter weather.

"Everybody seems to forget that whenever the weather turns cold that the bridges ice up quite quickly," said McKinley.

Fortunately, no major injuries were reported. Gregg county is prepared to once again spread sand on overpasses and bridges tonight.

Bob Hallmark reporting. bhallmark@kltv.com

 

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