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01/17/07-East Texas

Another Winter Blast: Sleet, Freezing Rain Forces Closings

Hannah Moore, Mt. Enterprise (photo: Matt Moore) Hannah Moore, Mt. Enterprise (photo: Matt Moore)
CR 1785 in NE Wood County CR 1785 in NE Wood County
Taken by: Kristy Magnuson South Tyler Taken by: Kristy Magnuson South Tyler
Taken by: Trish Nation  - Gladwater: This is Bo next to his water trough. He actually has ice in his tail Taken by: Trish Nation - Gladwater: This is Bo next to his water trough. He actually has ice in his tail
Taken by: Joni of Tyler, TX Taken by: Joni of Tyler, TX

Another round of sleet and freezing rain forced many schools and businesses to close, and a few sporadic power outages Wednesday.  The freezing rain and sleet also caused several accidents on East Texas roadways.

The precipitation began overnight, and many who walked to their cars or bus stops were once again pelted with sleet pellets, or blasted with rain, which froze on contact with just about everything.

Two 18-wheelers crashed into a car on Interstate 20 just south of Longview near Estes Parkway.  We're told an 18-wheeler jackknifed into the median, and cases of bottled water spilled out from one of the semis.  Fortunately, no one was severely injured.   However, the accident did cause traffic problems.   Only one lane stayed open.

The highway is getting back to normal.  But, the Gregg County Sheriff says there have been at least 18 accidents as of 11 a.m., a majority of them on I-20.

Another wreck happened at Highway 271 and I-20 in Smith County.  DPS officers were working on major and minor wrecks all morning.  TxDOT sand trucks have been out and have been sanding the bridges and overpasses. Officers are asking people to slow down in these driving conditions.

KLTV 7's Molly Reuter also witnessed an accident scene in Rusk County.  Throughout the area, bridges and overpasses are the most hazardous, with most streets remaining covered with liquid water.

Both TXU and SWEPCO say there are only a few storm related outages.  So far... TXU says they've had less than 25 weather related outages as of late morining, and SWEPCO has had one major "weather related" outage.  Someone drove a car into a power pole around Alpine Road in Longview.  It caused a little over a thousand homes to lose power. All but about 100 of those have been restored as of midday Wednesday.

We'll have live reports all afternoon on KLTV 7 News, along with closings.  For up-to-the-minute information, click on the Blog, located at the top of the front page. 

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