Freezing temps and drizzle create hazardous driving conditions - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

12/7/09

Freezing temps and drizzle create hazardous driving conditions

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LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - Monday night's freezing temperatures and drizzle caused serious problems for local drivers.

Police responded to dozens of accidents in the evening hours and at one point were diverting traffic off Interstate 27. Thankfully, there were no reports of serious injuries.

It was just after sunset when Lubbock drivers began seeing problems. Throughout the evening there was a steady, light drizzle. While it didn't appear that bad outside, the roads were very slick and potentially dangerous.

The salt trucks were already out and first responders were responding to accident after accident all across town. Cars crashed into railings and other vehicles and icy roads and slick overpasses backed-up traffic on the loop and I-27. Police, EMS and firefighters responded to dozens of accidents and two LPD vehicles were damaged.

A multiple car accident on the bridge over 19th Street damaged six vehicles, but there were no reports of serious injuries.

With the temperatures remaining low, it will continue to be icy into the morning hours and for the drive to work. Chief Meteorologist John Robison reports that it won't be until at least 8 a.m. or maybe 9 a.m. until some of this starts to clear up, so essentially there will be a thin coat of ice and slush on the roadways or the morning drive.

Again, the best piece of advice for driving in this kind of weather is to take your time and drive slow.

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